Shrapnel: A Memoir by William Wharton

By William Wharton

Writer of such vintage wartime novels as Birdy and A middle of the night Clear, William Wharton was once probably the most acclaimed writers of his new release. even if, he used to be additionally a truly deepest man—he wrote less than a pseudonym and infrequently gave interviews—so enthusiasts and critics may possibly basically speculate how a lot of his paintings was once autobiographical and what kind of used to be fiction.

Now, for the 1st time, we will learn the author's personal account of his reports in the course of global struggle II—events that went directly to impact a few of his maximum works.

These are the stories that Wharton by no means desired to inform his young ones. jointly, they remove darkness from a deeply own, transformative experience: of studying to kill, to "abandon my usual wish to stay, live to tell the tale, and to probability my existence for purposes I usually didn't comprehend and infrequently didn't accept." relocating and insightful, Shrapnel is a strong, undying work from an acclaimed American master. 

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14th Waffen-Grenadier Division of the 55 (Ukrainian no. 1) SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS und Polizei Walter Schimana (15 July-20 October 1943) SS-Oberführer und Oberst der Schutzpolizei, later SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS und Polizei Fritz Freitag (20 October 1943-27 April 1945) Waffen-Grenadier Regiment of the SS 29 (Ukrainian no. 1) Waffen-Grenadier Regiment of the SS 30 (Ukrainian no. 2) Waffen-Grenadier Regiment of the SS 31 (Ukrainian no. 3) Wqjfjfen-Artillery Regiment of the SS 14 Wajfjfen-Reconnaissance Battalion of the SS 14 (replaced by Wizjö%n-Füsilier Battalion 14 during 1944 rebuild) Waffen-Flák Battalion of the SS 14 Wo/fen-Füsiliei` Battalion of the SS 14 (from former WajfjfenReconnaissance Battalion of the SS 14) Woffen-Signal Battalion of the SS 14 Waffen-Combat Engineer Battalion of the SS 11 Waffen-Field Replacement Battalion of the SS 14 A "Galician SS-Volunteer Division" began to assemble during July 1943 as the predecessor to further planned formations.

Fritz Kraemer (24 October-13 November 1944) SS-Standartenführer, later SS-Oberführer and SS-Brigadeführer Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Hugo Kraas (19 November 1944-8 May 1945) SS-Panzer-Grenadier Regiment 25 SS-Panzer-Grenadier Regiment 26 SS-Panzer Regiment 12 SS-Armored Artillery Regiment 12 und 34 FORMATIONS OF THE WAFFEN-SS SS-Flak Battalion 12 SS-Armored Reconnaissance Battalion 12 SS-Anti-Tank Battalion 12 SS-Armored Signal Battalion 12 SS-Armored Combat Engineer Battalion 12 SS-Rocket Launcher Battalion 12 (renumbered as 512, March 1945) SS-Field Replacement Battalion 12 The division was ordered into existence 24 June 1943 to use members of the Hitler Youth in forming a sister division for the 1st SS-Panzer Division in the I SS-Panzer Corps.

Its first two infantry regiments were considered senior to those of the 15th Division, which were formed at a later date. The 19th Division took heavy casualties along the Velikaya, and moved with the 15th Division to a quieter zone to the southeast, but both were forced to retreat during July 1944, and the 19th Division suffered very heavy casualties during the withdrawal and following defense of eastern Latvia. By early October 1944, the division assumed a position in the central portion of the Kurland defense line, and held its zone successfully until the end of the war, seeing especially heavy fighting during the first, third, fifth, and sixth Battles of Kurland.

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