New book Arnhem A Few Vital Hours

Living History

A book is due out on 22/06/2014 called ‘Arnhem A Few Vital Hours’ – the next one in the Sigmond Publication series…..

‘Arnhem A Few Vital Hours’ concentrates on a German unit which played a major role in fighting the 1st British Airborne Division in September 1944. This unit was the SS-Panzergrenadier-Ausbildungs und Ersatz-Bataillon 16 or to give it an English ‘name’: the SS Panzer Grenadier Training and Reserve Battalion 16. This unit was, as its name suggests, a training unit and mainly consisted of 17 and 18 year old recruits led by veterans who had all seen active service and were getting them ready for the front line.

It was commanded by SS-Sturmbannführer Krafft and consisted of around 300 officers and men. It had been located in the Arnhem area. By September 1944 the unit had been warned that it would be acting as an anti-airborne landings unit, should the expected assault come.

On the 17th September 1944 the unit was quickly mobilised and for a ‘Few Vital Hours’ during the afternoon, it basically stopped the 1st Airborne Division in its tracks on their way towards Arnhem.

This book covers these few vital hours in detail using veterans’ accounts, a diary Krafft wrote for Himmler in late 1944 and official reports. Later on in the fighting Krafft was given command of a ‘Kampfgruppe’ and their actions in and around the Oosterbeek perimeter are also included as well as the history of SS training in the Arnhem area; an analysis of the Krafft diary; casualties sustained by the unit and a summary of the war service of SS-Sturmbannführer Krafft.

Around 150 pages, usual Sigmond format in hardback….priced at £25 in the UK….

If you would like to order a signed copy by the authors with a dedication to Fred, Steve etc this is ok and you will need to pm me before 19/06. If you order a copy you will be expected to pay for it and postage costs of £5 will be added or can be collected from me at no extra cost……..

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