The divisions of the Waffen-SS were among the elite of Hitler's armies in the Second World War. But alongside the Germans in the Waffen-SS fought an astonishingly high number of volunteers from other countries. By the end of the Second World War these foreign volunteers comprised half of all Hitler's Waffen-SS, and filled the ranks of over twenty-four of the minal thirty-eight Waffen-SS divisions. So during the most brutal war that mankind has ever kwn, hundreds of thousands of men flocked to fight for a country that was t theirs, and for a cause that was one of the most monstrous and barbaric in history. Who were these men, and why did they fight? Hitler's Gauls is an in-depth examination of one of these legions of foreign volunteers, the Charlemagne division, who were recruited entirely from conquered France. The men in Charlemagne, often motivated by an extreme anti-communist zeal, fought hard on the Eastern Front including battles of near annihilation in the sws of Pomerania and the final stand in the ruins of Berlin. This definitive history, illustrated with rare photographs, explores the background, training, key figures and full combat record of one of Hitler's lesser kwn foreign units of the Second World War.
Jonathan Trigg served in the 1st Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment, reaching the rank of Captain and completing tours in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and the Middle East. Since leaving the British Army he has worked in the City of London and local government. He has also written Hitler's Flemish Lions and Hitler's Jihadis for Spellmount and The History Press. He lives in Sheffield.