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Lost Honour, Betrayed Loyalty

I popped over to Stevenage this afternoon. I had to collect my coat which I left at Lost Ark Games after my visit last Sunday when I played a game of Bolt Action.

I happened across a branch of The Works which appeared to have a larger book section than my local branch so I had a quick look.

I walked out with a copy of “Lost Honour, Betrayed Loyalty: The Memoir of a Waffen SS Soldier on the Eastern Front“. I say ‘walked out’ I did pay for it!

Lost Honour Front View
Lost Honour Rear View
Lost Honour Inside View
Lost Honour Inside View

The book is by Herbert Maegar and tells the story of his service in the 1st SS Panzer Division “Liebstandarte Adolf Hitler“.

Maegar was an 18-year-old Belgian when he was blackmailed into volunteering for the Waffen SS in 1941 to save his mother from a concentration camp. After training he was posted as a driver to the Eastern Front where he saw action at Kharkov & Kursk.

In 1944 he was transferred for training as an SS paramedic but after two months was sent for officer training. He was overheard making a defeatist remark and was sent to the SS penal brigade Dirlewanger on the Oder front. He was captured by Russian troops in May 1945 and volunteered to serve in a Soviet prison camp infirmary. His early release was assisted by a Russian female doctor.

The Works seems to specialise in remaindered or cut-price books and this £25 volume cost me £6.

Lost Honour, Betrayed Loyalty: The Memoir of a Waffen SS Soldier on the Eastern Front

  • by Herbert Maeger
  • published by Pen & Sword Books in 2015, reprinted 2016 & 2018 by Frontline Books
  • 258 pages (16 pages of black & white photos)
  • ISBN 978-1-84832-748-1
2018-02-09T23:38:29+00:00February 9th, 2018|Research, WWII|Comments Off on Lost Honour, Betrayed Loyalty
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