Author(s): Douglas E. Nash & Remy Spezzano
Language: English text
Format: Hardcover, large format,12" x 12"
Pages: 192 pages
Photos: 136 B & W photos taken by Ernst Baumann
Maps: 4 tactical maps
Published: 1st edition Jan. 2016, 2nd edition, Nov. 2020
Kampfgruppe Mühlenkamp presents for the first time a sequential series of photos taken by Waffen-SS war correspondent Ernst Baumann in Eastern Poland during a two week period in July 1944. At this time the 5. SS-Panzer Division "Wiking" was engaged in counter-attacks against Soviet armored and cavalry forces following their crushing defeat of Army Group Center in Belarus during the Red Army's "Operation Bagration" summer offensive.
These stunning images of the Waffen-SS "Wiking" Division and "Germania" Regiment in action were scanned from the actual negatives and digitally enhanced and enlarged to bring out a previously unseen level of detail. Together with thoroughly researched text and captions as well as four military maps, the photos are shown in their proper sequence and matched with the dates and locations of the various engagements as they unfolded. The names of the officers appearing in the photos, and the troops, vehicles and weapons of the units under their command are documented in the accompanying narrative of the events which comprised the counterattacks at Kamieniec-Litevski and the relief of Grenadier-Bataillon z.b.V. 560 on 22 July 1944.
"Simply stunning. The best RZM book out without question. The photos look like they were taken yesterday instead of 70 years ago. The paper is high quality and the overall book is one of the best I've ever seen. Well worth the money for anyone interested in german armor or WWII in general."
- David A. Swann
"An extraordinary series of enhanced photographs that, along with the concise narrative, produce an astonishing book. The clarity, composition and contemporary quality of the pictures certainly convey the atmosphere of the circumstances in which these men found themselves in. A perfect addition to the book collection of modelers and military history buffs who have an interest in WW2 and the mechanised forces of Germany in particular."
- Sean W.
"Astoundingly clear photographs which make the battle group look like it was yesterday. I follow the history of the 5th SS and this is a very fine collector grade documentary filled with excellent scenes of the actual German Army in action."
- Mark A. Paul