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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