A compendium of the finest actions of Hitler's elite during the war, containing full colour maps and black and white photographs that allow the reader to trace the ebb and flow of individual engagements. This book describes the qualities displayed on the Eastern Front that turned the SS into an elite force: fanaticism in attack, tenacity in defence and an unwillingness to yield ground. Tells how the SS helped avert disaster for the German Army on the Eastern Front. Features bloody clashes that have since entered military folklore: Kharkov, Kursk, Cherkassy, Caen and the Ardennes. Contains full colour battle and campaign maps and black and white photographs that clarify the ebb and flow of individual engagements. Explains the co-ordination of tanks and infantry, the initiative of junior officers and NCO's, the creation of battle groups to spearhead assaults, and the general reasons the SS was so successful on the battlefield.