Category Archives: Research
Old news for some of you I guess, but me having limited internet access at the moment, makes me lag behind a bit.
But now it’s here at last, the Finnish defense force picture archive, 160000 digitized wartime pictures available at sa-kuva.fi !
No more is needed to say, pop over there right away!
Not much happening here unfortunately, I can blame it on having a baby, changing job, moving and renovating, but in reality getting hooked up on World of Tanks is my main distraction, but hopefully I’ll get back to the fold soon.
But at least I haven’t added to my lead mountain that much, but I have kept stacking up on books, most recently “Viking Summer: 5.SS-Panzer-Division in Poland”, an excellent little book on the vehicles involved in the 1944 fighting, with a lot of color profiles and photos.
This year and the next ones is filled with new book-releases on the 5th SS.
A part from the afore-mentioned 3-part series by Charles Trang (the first part is available for preorder with a scheduled release date of december 19th), Marc Rikmenspoel has an upcoming two-part series under the working title “Sunwheels & Siegrunen: Wiking, Nordland, Nederland and the Germanic Waffen-SS in Photos” that will feature around 1400 photos.
Also in Mark C. Yerger’s series on “German Cross in Gold Holders of the SS and Police” the next two volumes (7 & 8) will be on the Wiking division, hopefully getting at least one volume out this year.
And lastly Lars T. Larsson’s book “Hitler’s Swedes” should be published on June 1st.
Hopefully this will be it on Wiking related stuff, otherwise I won’t have any money left to spend on miniatures!
Lately I’ve been spending money and time on books instead of miniatures, these are the latest spoils:
So coupled with my last spending spree I think I have most of the affordable books on the Wiking division.
If you are going to get one of these books on the 5th SS then I recommend the Klapdor book, It has just been translated to English and should be readily available. My only complaint about it is the paper quality which makes the photo quality suffer.
Now I’m hopefully done buying books so that I can get back to painting instead…
I treated myself with some books for christmas, a “few” books to get me started with one of my next armies, a fall of 1942 5th SS Div “Wiking” Panzergrenadier company.
The Finnish connection is of course obvious with the Finnish Volunteer battalion but it was the sheer contrast between the Panzer grey tanks and the camouflage smocks of the grenadiers that really drove me in, a bit of the opposite of the post 1943 Finnish forces.
I’ve just started to round up some miniatures but stay tuned for some random painting and modelling as usual.