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on 4 December 2013
This book is great and uncomfortable reading as it should be. Finally I've read a thoroughly researched book focused on the facts surrounding the life of Jochen Peiper and how the lack of justice after the war resonates today. I really like the way the author paints the world as it was at the time, too many people look at history with today's perspective which is completely pointless.
People love simple solutions and scapegoats but during the chaos and brutality of war it takes a great deal of time and effort to look for the facts which is why issues surrounding WW2 are still being debated and hold fascination and relevance today.
Much sheer fantasy has been written about Jochen Peiper from all sorts of viewpoints with massive doses of hindsight thrown in and skewed to suite their own personal agenda's in many cases. Approach this book with an open mind and I think you will find a new clarity has been added to the subject.
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on 4 September 2016
David Williams has opened up a whole new genre of works about WWII regarding the analysis of Nazi soldiers. If the history of the Nazi regime is to be believed by some writers, it will continue to be misinterpreted, however Mr. Williams sets straight with thorough research one senior soldier. The previously unknown parts of Colonel Peiper's history in the Liebstandart (Life Guard) Adolph Hitler SS are related with no bias. Peiper was a Nazi, senior adjutant to Himmler, and his story is as fascinating as any for that time.
He survived in command of front line combat units on the tragic Russian front campaign and later the Western front after D Day for a total of 6 years before coming to trial at Dachau when he was still only 30 years old. The Dachau trials were not carried out as efficiently as the famous Nuremberg Trials run at the same time, and injustice was carried out with no doubt.
He was murdered by unknowns who were never brought to justice even though Peiper served time for his crimes and was living as a free man. Regarding history of these times this is an enlightening and fascinating read.
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on 27 September 2013
Still reading this one, having read other well known Peiper books.

I am very impressed with the writing style of this author. Its refreshing to read a well balanced book which does n't choose sides, but does tell a story, warts an'all.

Well done mate, hope the rest of the book is of the same value.

SF.
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on 28 August 2014
Appallingly poorly written. In places it reads like a poor O Level history essay and at others like he has just transcribed bare notes without any thought. Also, I have never come across a published work which contains such ridiculous and breathtakingly careless amounts of typos. There are so many of all kinds it beggars belief - every paragraph! And, it appears that punctuation is a complete mystery to the author. I was so frustrated with the thing I threw it away. If self published, please spend some valuable time proof-reading!
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on 25 February 2015
fantastic book ........very informative
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on 13 March 2015
good book
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on 26 December 2013
This book could have been so much better; it is fundamentally let down by its format (A3??) and proof reading; it is riddled with grammatical errors to the extent that at times the English is difficult to follow.
In terms of subject matter the author's attempts to be balanced (which I am sure are well intentioned) at times make him sound like a Nazi apologist - whilst he is undoubtedly correct to assert evil acts were perpetrated on all sides in this war the book goes too far in pronouncing on "victors' justice".
Despite the above the idea is well conceived - but the execution lets the whole thing down badly.
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on 12 December 2013
My bf saw this book and asked for info exams,it looks great,I'm sure he will love it so thank you!
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