Waffen-SS Commanders: Krüger to Zimmermann
Mark C Yerger

This book, Waffen-SS Commanders: Krüger to Zimmermann, is the second of two volumes by Mark C Yerger providing biographies of the commanders who commanded the division sized (and above) units of the Waffen-SS.

Following an introduction (where Yerger speaks first of his thoughts on the post-war fate of the commanders and soldiers of the Waffen-SS and later of how the people covered in the book was selected), the book provides a list of the divisions and higher commands as well as a selection of tactical symbols before moving on to the actual biographies.

The length and depth of the biographies varies greatly, the ones on the well-known characters, such as Otto Kumm cover some twenty pages, but the ones on lesser known ones, such as Michael Lippert, only cover two pages. The pre-war life of the commanders are covered briefly before moving on to their wartime careers which is covered in great detail and finally their postwar fate is covered on one or two lines. A very important part of all the biographies are the huge amount of photos, with something like half of the pages devoted to each commander is covered with large and high quality photos.

Also included in the biographies are order of battle diagrams on a selection of units and at the end of the book a list of the field post numbers of the Waffen-SS units per Dec 1940 as well as an addenda to the first volume.

The commanders covered in this book are:
Friedrich-Wilhelm Krüger
Walter Krüger
Dr Gustav Krukenberg
Otto Kumm
Heinz Lammerding
Rudolf Lehmann
Hans Lingner
Michael Lippert
Gustav Lombard
Berthold Maack
Gustav Mertsch
Hubert Meyer
Kurt Meyer
Wilhelm Mohnke
Johannes Mühlenkamp
Thomas Müller
Artur Mülverstedt
Carl von Oberkamp
Herbert von Obwurzer
Werner Ostendorff
Heinrich Petersen
Karl Pfeffer-Wildenbruch
Arthur Phelps
Rüdiger Pipkorn
Hermann Priess
Edgard Puaud
Carl Graf von Pückler-Burghaus
Helmuth Raithel
Heinz Reinefarth
Joachim Richter
Joachim Rumohr
Karl Sauberzweig
Hans Scheider
Walter Schimana
Fritz Schmedes
August Schmidhuber
Fritz von Scholz
Franz Schreiber
Hinrich Schuldt
Richard Schulze
Karl Schümers
Hans Siegling
Artur Silgailis
Max Simon
Sylvester Stadler
Martin Stange
Franz Steineck
Felix Steiner
Bruno Streckenbach
August-Wilhelm Trabandt
Karl von Treuenfeld
Christian Tychsen
Karl Ullrich
Herbert Vahl
Jürgen Wagner
Theodor Wisch
Fritz Witt
Alfred Wünnenberg
August Zehender
Joachim Ziegler
Herbert Zimmermann

This book is excellent if you are looking for either a book with biographies of Waffen-SS commanders or a photo history of the Waffen-SS.

(Reviewed by Marcus Wendel)

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