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on 23 April 2014
Oh what a shame ! The author Herr Kindler has wrote a book here which could have been so much better. If you are expecting a first person account of the author's distinguished and exceptionally valorous time spent with the elite Leibstandarte SS Division (has I was), you will be left has frustrated as I became when reading this book. The author became a rare recipient of the Close Combat Clasp in Gold, for his bravery both on the Eastern and late war Western front's, indeed he earned over 80+ confirmed day's of this most personal, "hand's on " form of fighting. You will unfortunately be left exasperated by Herr Kindler barely describing in great detail any of these close combat engagements !
He writes in a format more appropriate for Divisional history books, mentioning the logistics before and after each battle the Leibstandarte (and he himself) takes part in, mentioning as if keeping a tally, "that was my 37th close combat day ! ". You end up "screaming" yes Herr Kindler, but what did YOU do ? However, you will acknowledge the prowess of his unit in action, and the bravery of his fellow Waffen SS Panzer Grenadiers which he portrays very well, alongside the constant theme of praise for his Commander at that time, the Legendary Joachim Peiper.
In summary, I would say if you require a more anecdote laden book on the Waffen SS, I would suggest the recent excellent book "Fur Volk and Fuhrer" by Erwin Bartmann, but if you need to brush up on the actions of the Panzer Grenadier formations pertaining to the Leibstandarte "Adolf Hitler", then this is your book