Peiper’s War – The Wartime Years of SS Leader Jochen Peiper 1941-44 is written by Danny Parker and published by Frontline Books
Peiper’s War is about Jochen Peiper who served in the elite 1st SS Panzer Division, seen as Hitler’s best of the best. This book also reveals how Piper worked closely with Heinrich Himmler and maybe this is where he learnt some of harshness and callousness as he was feared in his field. Peiper ended up fighting in the East and the West and this is where he is more well-known as he played a large part in the Battle of the Bulge. Whilst fighting in the West, Peiper and some of his men executed some American POW’s for which he was prosecuted and sentenced to death, which was never carried out.
This book portrays Peiper, you could say as a decent man who did actually have the trust and respect of his fellow soldiers, I would say that the harshness of war especially serving on the Eastern Front, he probably would have been a very decent man in all aspects. This is a lovely and well written book, very well researched and clearly written, in fact I thoroughly enjoy reading it. Although it isn’t your best ‘read in bed’ book, as this is a pretty weighty tome and comes in at about 590 pages. There are a good number of maps throughout the book that are very easy and clear to read. In conclusion, I will say that this is a fascinating book and it’s in danger of being in my Top 10 books of the year.
To get 5 Gold Stars, probably means it will make my Top 10 books of the year.