Recommended reading on the SS & Polizei

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Re: Recommended reading on the SS & Polizei

Post by Georges JEROME » 16 Aug 2017 14:41

volume III of Totenkopfverbände (like 2 others) is extremely well documented and illustrated upon the death head units during the year 1939. Out of organisation, leadership and regulations, it cover employment as well Bohemia Moravia than Poland.
This serie is the reference on the subject for historian and readers.
it would be most interesting that this serie could be completed by Totenkopfverbände at war up to the incorporation into Waffen-SS.
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Re: Recommended reading on the SS & Polizei

Post by Georges JEROME » 18 Sep 2017 00:01

Alexander Kirmsee Zollgrenzschutz in Frankreich 1941 - 1944 by Alexander Kirmsse (self edited by lulu.com). 2017.

Most interesting book upon frontier guards of the Custom Office. Covering the activities of a senior leader (Regierungsrat Alexander Kirmsse ) of this corps in France through Kriegstagebuch. Dealing with various Befehlsstelle activities. First in Dax alongside Ligne de Démarcation near atlantic coast up to Spain 1941 - 1943. Then after South of France was invaded he led the South France area (Mittelmeerbereich) on 1943 and finally Südost Frankriech in Gap (Alps area) 1943 till the end august 1944. Ended the war as US P.O.W. The book is fully illustrated with pics covering activities, staff, showing uniform datas. First time I read a so complete book on "police forces" of the Custom Offices.
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Re: Recommended reading on the SS & Polizei

Post by mil-archive » 30 Dec 2017 03:12

This is a great resource (pointed out to me by Hucks216).

You can download the 2x volumes of the reference books 'The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945 ' for free in .pdf format here :

https://www.ushmm.org/research/publicat ... ble-online

You need to enter your name and address to get to the next page which has the download links.

These are otherwise expensive to purchase :

https://www.bookdepository.com/search?s ... =Find+book

These are useful in researching Polizei/SS/SD/Einsatzgruppe in relation to Jewish Ghettos & towns. The books are split into 2 parts per Volume 1 & 2 parts for Volume 2.
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Re: Recommended reading on the SS & Polizei

Post by Georges JEROME » 30 Dec 2017 11:37

I'm gratefull to you for sharing this info.
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Re: Recommended reading on the SS & Polizei

Post by mil-archive » 09 Aug 2018 16:15

Georges JEROME wrote:
15 Mar 2014 10:34
Recently bought Kasernen, Schulen und Stätten der SS und Polizei Bildband 1 to 4. by Don Lange edited by Lulu.com between 2011 and 2013.
4 thin books of 51 pages of post cards and glossy photos of building of SS and Police forces.
Perhaps a private collection.

Someone highly interesting someone desappointing

i.e. full content of band 3

Top : a serie of pics of SS-Ubungslager Dachau, SS-Motorschule Berne, TUP Beverloo, SS-JS Braunschweig, TV Building Ers. Bat Breslau, SS Kaserne Brunn, SS-Kaserne Buchenwald, SS-Lager Danzig-Matzkau,

Flop : 4 pages dedicated to Cathedral of Braunschweig, 2 pages to Schloss Dammsmühle (Himmler property ?) 6 pages on 51 !!!

For 22 euros each. It's quite expensive but....some pics are really interesting

I think I will buy following in spite of the warning.
I have been looking at these for years and recently bit the bullet and got all 6 volumes.

I'd agree with much of the assessment above.

They are a bit uneven, some volumes very interesting with some good photographs, others not so much and full of repetition.

They should have been done in one bigger volume rather than broken into 6x smaller books where you lose 8 pages at the front and 4 at the back for each volume.

They also seem a bit random and sporadic, there are entries where one or two are from Poland and the rest from Germany, others where several pages are on one topic and other entries with a single not great image.

It's hard to know how definitive this is intended to be or if it's just a catalogue of someones collection of photographs and postcards which relate to SS & Polizei barracks and schools.

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Re: Recommended reading on the SS & Polizei

Post by Georges JEROME » 09 Aug 2018 17:37

How do you rate volume 5 and 6 ?
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Re: Recommended reading on the SS & Polizei

Post by mil-archive » 10 Aug 2018 02:04

Georges JEROME wrote:
09 Aug 2018 17:37
How do you rate volume 5 and 6 ?
Hi Georges,

It's essentially the same as the other volumes. The overall balance of 90>% SS vs <10% Polizei continues.

Re Vol 6 one Polizei barracks is identified by a single photo a Guard standing beside a sentry box with not much of the building visible at all, literally a sentry box against a grey wall with a bit of fence (Mähren).

This is followed by 8 pages on SS Kaserne Klagenfurt-Lendorf, so again the books continue to be very uneven in terms of what gets covered and to what level. I'd have to say these are very overpriced for what they are. This is someones personal collection of photographs and postcards presented in a reference book kind of format. My opinion is that this should have been one medium sized book instead of 6 slim overpriced booklets.

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Re: Recommended reading on the SS & Polizei

Post by Georges JEROME » 10 Aug 2018 10:44

thank you for comments.
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