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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, well researched, readable book.
This is THE book on the actions of Kampfgruppe Peiper during the Ardennes offensive of 1944. The author has researched the subject extensively and presents a well balanced account of Peipers actions. He separates fact from fiction with regard to the more controversial aspects of the massacres, and why Peiper failed to acheive his objectives. The book is written in a...
Published on 6 Dec. 1998

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Broken backed biography that has its moments
This book is not a fulfilling biography on Peiper. Only the final chapters come close to painting a picture of Peiper's character and his final days. However, as a source book for KG Peiper during the Ardennes offensive it is a decent account. Reynold's gives a disciplined and balanced appraisal of the Malmedy Massacre and has some undoubtedly thoroughly researched...
Published on 21 Nov. 2001


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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, well researched, readable book., 6 Dec. 1998
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This is THE book on the actions of Kampfgruppe Peiper during the Ardennes offensive of 1944. The author has researched the subject extensively and presents a well balanced account of Peipers actions. He separates fact from fiction with regard to the more controversial aspects of the massacres, and why Peiper failed to acheive his objectives. The book is written in a very readable fashion and the reader is swept along to the final destruction of the kampfgruppe. The only critisism is that the maps are too few and not detailed enough. Even so this book is a must for those innterested in the Battle Of The Bulge.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Broken backed biography that has its moments, 21 Nov. 2001
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This book is not a fulfilling biography on Peiper. Only the final chapters come close to painting a picture of Peiper's character and his final days. However, as a source book for KG Peiper during the Ardennes offensive it is a decent account. Reynold's gives a disciplined and balanced appraisal of the Malmedy Massacre and has some undoubtedly thoroughly researched passages on the various orders of battle. At times though the flow of the book is a little like reading accurate lecture notes rather than a polished, highly readable description. It is a military history and so it follows that there is the normal annoying lack of detailed maps but most annoying of all is Reynold's staggering use of the exclamation mark! On balance still worth a read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book but not a detailed Biography., 19 Jan. 2013
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This is a really good book and incredibly informative regarding the role of KG Peiper and others during the German offensive in late 1944 in the Ardennes region.

However, I was looking more for a detailed Biography of Joachim Peiper which covered comprehensively his early career as an Adjutant to the Reichsführer SS, his time as a young commander in France and subsequently Russia, his return to Berlin on the Staff, subsequent appointment back to the Leibstandarte AH, post war trial, civilian career working for Porsche and as an editor of a car magazine, before his untimely death in 1976.

Whilst there is a brief résumé of his pre-war life and a couple of chapters covering the trial of Leibstandarte Officers and his time living in Traves, it was not exactly what I was looking for - this is not the books fault but I would advise that this reads much like a military staff ride and clearly comes across as the notes from such.

However for anyone looking for an understanding of this specific campaign and the thinking of a brilliant military commander then I can wholeheartedly recommend this book. Enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valhalla, 7 Aug. 2010
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Excellent book, for anyone interested in Jochim Peiper , the ending leave you wondering who killed this man in 1976, will we ever know as the final chapter alludes too he fough and lost his last battle in France, and then went off to Valhalla to join his former comrades...

The book inspired me to have the e-mail address with this in it and the book is even better second time around recommended read ....

Great Book ....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised by the Book, 18 Aug. 2008
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This review is from: The Devil's Adjutant: Jochen Peiper, Panzer Leader (Paperback)
As someone who has been lucky enough to attend one of Brigadier Mike's Exercise Pied Piper tours I was surprised that he had finally got round to putting all his reseach to print, since he always said he wouldn't.
This is a balanced account of Pieper's part of the 'Battle of the Bulge' and is written from a military view point. At no point are conclusions raeched as to why some of the darker events occured, but the reader is left to draw their own conclusions based upon the facts before them and their own prejudices.

Some of the photos could be better presented and it may have been nice to include the 'scene as it is today' shots. The maps are a little infuriating, but usable - especially when on the ground.

I feel sure that there is more that Mike would want to include, since I'm convinced his research won't stop just because the book is written.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite Peiper, 29 April 2009
This review is from: The Devil's Adjutant: Jochen Peiper, Panzer Leader (Paperback)
A well researched and very interesting book. However, I felt there was too little about the nominal subject. I guess this information is hard to come by.
This is however, a truly detailed account of 1st SS operations during the Battle of the Bulge and will appeal to anyone interested in this aspect. Very well reasoned account of the incident at the Baugnez crossroads. All in all a good book which I recommend but don't expect J Ps life story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First class historical work., 10 Jun. 2013
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This is a meticulously researched book. The detail is extraordinary and the sources quoted extensively giving the account colour. It is relatively unbiased given the subject matter and thus an important historical document. Many similar books are too subjective.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good book with a misleading title, 16 Dec. 2014
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A good enough book for a day to day presentation of this crucial battle. However, I find the title of the book to be misleading, as it centers less on the tragic and ambiguous incidents assosiated with Peiper and more to the battle of his regiment. Surely, the author has researched a lot of material regarding unit allocation and movements, but I would recommend this book more as a study of the Battle of Ardennes rather than a meticulous mention on Peiper himself. More useful in this last aspect is the book by Charles Whiting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mis-titled?, 8 Jan. 2014
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This was more about the nuts and bolts of the military story of KG Peiper than the human story of Joachim Peiper but still a very interesting read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent., 24 May 2014
I recommend all Michael Reynolds books without reservation. They are full of research and precise detail. They are for the serious enthusiast of the topic.
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