I first read Max Hastings' Das Reich, many years ago, and I enjoyed it immensely. My original copy, having gone into the hands of someone else long ago, gave me the perfect excuse to purchase the eBook edition for a second great read. Suffice it to say that Das Reich is an excellent look at war-time France and the underground movement to defeat the German occupiers. All who participated in this clandestine world of resistance put themselves at great peril, and this book captures the feel of what it was like with this famous SS division (as well as regular German Army troops) breathing down their necks. It is also the story of the despicable actions and the infamy that this, as well as other SS divisions, gained by conducting the war in accord with that peculiar mindset of the SS: No mercy. If you want to learn about the Das Reich Panzer Division, and their march through France, this is the book to read.