DEVIL'S ADJUTANT: Jochen Peiper, Panzer Leader

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9781862271562: DEVIL'S ADJUTANT: Jochen Peiper, Panzer Leader

Now in paperback, this authoritative account and assessment of the military career, Dachau war crime trial and murder of Jochen Peiper, Heinrich Himmler's Adjutant and the "Siegfried" of the Waffen SS, describes his involvement in the Ardennes offensive and Malme'dy Massacre

- Illustrated with rare photographs, high quality maps and figures.

- Peiper's rise through the ranks of the Fuhrer's Bodyguard Regiment, Die Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler.

- Peiper's service with Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS.

- His fighting record on the Eastern Front and in France.

- The first thoroughly objective account of his role as the Commander of the Kampfgruppe Peiper in the 1944 Ardennes offensive, which brought him to particular wartime prominence.

- The facts about "The Malme'dy Massacre" on 17 December 1944, when 84 Americans died at the hands of Peiper's men.

- The Dachau Trial which led Peiper to the condemned cell in Landsberg prison.

- His postwar life as a paroled War Criminal.

- Peiper's death during a fire-bomb attack on his home in France in 1976.

Major General Mike Reynolds is a respected historian and writer. His other books are Eagles and Bulldogs (Casemate 2003), Steel Inferno and Men of Steel.?

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The author: (Location: Sussex) Since retiring from a distinguished military career during which he commanded NATO's International Mobile Force (Land) and headed its Military Plans and Policy Division, Major General Mike Reynolds has become a respected historian and writer. His previous books, Steel Inferno, Sons of the Reich, Men of Steel and Eagles and Bulldogs in Normandy 1944 have brought him international recognition. He is now accepted as an authority on WWII and the Waffen-SS in particular.


"One of Germany's most daring and charismatic field commanders." -- Publishers Weekly

"One of WWII's most interesting combat leaders . . . a fascinating story of inspired courage, battlefield flexibility and combat leadership." -- Armor

The Devil's Adjutant: Jochen Peiper, Panzer Leader is the story of the ex-aide to Himmler who epitomized the Nazi approach to war, and describes in minute detail the combats fought by the German spearhead in the Battle of the Bulge. As the Americans advanced on the Third Reich in the fall of 1944, they encountered many enemy united of mixed quality. But when the Germans counterattacked, bursting through the U. S. front in December 1944, their offensive was led by Jochen Peiper and the 1st SS Panzer Division - an elite unit hardened in the crucibles of Russia. The Americans faced their greatest challenge in the largest battle of their history. After being sentenced at Dachau for war crimes, Peiper was assassinated by persons unknown, long after the war had ended. The Devil's Adjutant is a fascinating account of modern combat between technologically equivalent adversaries. Michael Reynolds not only depicts the unvarnished reality of battle, but in the process demolishes many myths about Jochen Peiper - one of Nazi Germany's most charismatic, if blemished, commanders. -- Midwest Book Review

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