LOST HONOUR, BETRAYED LOYALTY: THE MEMOIR OF A WAFFEN-SS SOLDIER ON THE EASTERN FRONT
272pp., 32 illus., P.B. 2019. As an 18-year old Belgian, Herbert Maeger was blackmailed into volunteering for the Waffen-SS in 1941 in order to save his mother from being sent to a concentration camp. Maeger went on to be selected as a front-line driver in Russia. He saw combat at Kharkov and at the legendary Battle of Kursk. Sent against his will, for SS-officer training, he was overheard making a defeatist remark and sent to the notorious SS penal division Dirlewanger on the Oder Front, with which he survived the horror of the Halbe pocket. On 1 May 1945, Maeger was captured by the Russians near the Elbe.