Verbände und Truppen
der deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS
im Zweiten Weltkrieg 1939–1945
I have been using Georg Tessin's "Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS
1939–1945" since 1973, when I bought the first four volumes, all that were available at the time. Only a visit to the
Bundesarchiv-Militärarchiv (the German federal military archives) in Freiburg i.Br.
will allow you to get a feeling for the tremendous amount of work that has gone into making
this work. It is an incredible compendium of astounding effort. If you are interested in
German units in World War II, this is the published source. All other efforts pale in
I have the utmost respect for the person and work of the former Georg Tessin.
He typed most parts of the manuscript, and some parts were even handwritten. From what I
have seen of his handwriting, the traditional physician's scrawl is a refined copperplate
in comparison. This unfortunate habit has possibly mislead harried typesetters to incorporate
a number of errors in the published books. In addition, more original sources have become
available since the original volumes were finished. I also have the impression, (forgive me
if this is untrue), that little if any proofreading was done. Over these many years, I noted
errors, amendments, and changes which I offer here as my humble contribution to this
As Tessin is in German, I assume that you understand enough of that language to also understand the errata I have noted.
Contributions are welcome.
Volume, Edition, Date Published, Publisher
And please follow the format I have used.