This 224 pages book, to be published in August 2010 by Pen & Sword is being written by Tony Le Tissier MBE.
It looks like there is quite a lot of interest on the French volunteers of the Waffen-SS on the British side of the Channel; this is the third book on the subject by a Brit author after "For Europe" (a mammoth of a book which received very good reviews and is seen by many as a definitive work on the subject) and "Hitlers Gauls" (the exact opposite).
As for this soon to be published book, I am quite curious to see what new info the author expect to bring to the party in only 224 pages. Unless of course it's a picture rich book...but unpublished pictures on this subject are extremly rare.
Any idea on why such a renewal of interest in the UK on such a unit ?
Summary of the book:
In May 1945, as the triumphant Red Army crushed the last pockets of German resistance in central Berlin, French soldiers fought back. They were the last surviving members of SS Charlemagne, the Waffen SS division made up of French volunteers. They were among the final defenders of the city and of Hitler s bunker.
Their extraordinary story gives a compelling insight into the dreadful climax of the Battle for Berlin and into the conflicts of loyalty faced by the French in the Second World War. Yet, whatever their motivation, the performance of these soldiers as they confronted the Soviet onslaught was unwavering, and their fate after the German defeat was grim.
Once captured, they were shot out of hand by their French compatriots or imprisoned. SS Charlemagne is a gripping, fluently written study of one of the most revealing side stories of the war.
About the author:
Tony Le Tissier served 22 years in the British army, retiring in 1977 to work for the British Military Government in Berlin, his role including that of being the last British Governor of Spandau Allied Prison until its closure following the death of Rudolf Hess. After the unification of Germany in 1991, he elected to stay in Berlin working independently as a historian, writer, lecturer, and battlefields guide. His previous works include The Battle of Berlin, 1945, Berlin Then and Now, and Farewell to Spandau.