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  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books,U.S.; New Ed edition (15 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811731979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811731973
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 16.1 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Adrian Bushby on 18 Jun 2001
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I have spent five years looking for this book in English, and I still believe it was worth it. The only bad thing I have to say about the book, is, as the author explains, the fact that it has been changed into American English ( foxhole for trench etc) but that is not very often. This book is a reprint only done this year and it has been done very well. The quality of the book is superb. But more importantly, the content is excellent. The way he describes the hell he and his men had to endure is amazing. And unlike some others, of all sides, he points out constantly that it was his men that won his battles for him, under his direction. Throughout the book there is no attempts to apologise for anything that may have occurred during the war, simply the truth of what he saw and what he believed. The author is not as well celebrated as others in his army, but after reading this book you will wonder why he seems only to be mentioned in passing. Few others including historians, have had the experience combined with the humility of this man, making for a gripping read.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By P. M. Elvidge on 30 Oct 2007
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This is the first time I have read a book written by a member of the Waffen SS and I have found it to be very interesting and opened up a whole new perspective on the experiences of the combat soldier in World War II.

I found this 'unputtdownable' not wanting to wait to find out what happens next and that I think provides a good selling point.

But this does come across - at least until the latter chapters - as a book of war, war, war. There is little information on how Meyer was digesting his experiences and of the psychological impact it had on him and his soldiers.

As the book proceeds there is a transition - that may go unnoticed, due to the fast pace of the events - from the sweeping Blitzkrieg tactics of the German forces in the early years of the war, to the small scale battles for individual hills.

There is also to be found an explanation for Hitlers infamous order for his SS to remove their cuffbands.

I found that the addition of more maps in a better position within the book, would have added another dimension to reading and there are also a fair number of spelling mistakes (more than necessary), though really the quality of this book still deserves promotion.

In a few words:

Totally recommended, great read, unputtdownable.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Adrian Bushby on 5 April 2006
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I have spent five years looking for this book in English, and I still believe it was worth it. The only bad thing I have to say about the book, is, as the author explains, the fact that it has been changed into American English ( foxhole for trench etc) but that is not very often. This book is a reprint only done this year and it has been done very well. The quality of the book is superb. But more importantly, the content is excellent. The way he describes the hell he and his men had to endure is amazing. And unlike some others, of all sides, he points out constantly that it was his men that won his battles for him, under his direction. Throughout the book there is no attempt to apologise for anything that may have occurred during the war, simply the truth of what he saw and what he believed. The author is not as well celebrated as others in his army, but after reading this book you will wonder why he seems only to be mentioned in passing. Few others, including historians, have had the experience combined with the humility of this man, making for a gripping read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Big Al on 3 Sep 2010
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I bought this book having seen it in the bibliography of Anthony Beevor's - D-Day. Having read a number of biography's of this nature (eg Hans Von Luck - Panzer Commander, Pip Roberts - from the Desert to the Baltic)I had an expectation.
The book starts off a little turgidly and disappointingly doesn't cover his early life and entry into the Waffen SS. That said it quickly settles into an easy reading style and is informative, if a little jingoistic on occassion. This armoured recce commander is typcal of the blitzkrieg tactics and this comes out in the book. It has been translated into American English but I haven't found that it detracts from the narrative. It could do with some additional maps but the photographs are very good and not widely published.
A good insight into the campaigns of the LAH and HJ.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Luke on 5 Dec 2010
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Good and detailed campaigns account from one of the top actors of these times... but always from a distance, without the real passion that we know must have been there . Kurt Meyer can't have achieved his extraordinary status by being a simple passer-by. He was an exceptional leader, and, according to some contemporary pictures he was actually enjoying it. So, why not be up-front and share with us what was driving him - right or wrong - and how it was possible to have fun in the summer of 44?
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Ives on 5 Dec 2010
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An excellent book which tries to re address the balance in this sad chapter of human history. A book which brings into doubt the so called righteousness of the allies who committed equal if not worse crimes in their breach of human rights and the treatment of prisoners of war. Yes things happened in Germany at certain camps that were awful and should not have, but this should not be on the head of every common soldier who, at the end of the day, carries out his\her orders in the field of battle regardless of what happens 'back home'. This book is about what happened on the batlle fields and the so called war crimes trials after.

Sadly it is something we still haven't learnt from as history repeats itself today in the gulf.
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