Zimmerman & Zimmermann, new ed., translated, 1985. Xii + 264 pp. Laminated boards ; 18 x 13cm. Nr.FINE. The author’s famous book Storm of Steel stands alone among German war books as the work of a man who enjoyed fighting for its own sake. It is written from the point of view of the Storm-Troop leader and its simple and soldierly language give it an authenticity and immediacy lacking in many books by more professional writers. Copse 125 is of the same lineage, though containing more reflection on the philosophy of war. It is a sustained and unified account of one aspect and episode, the defence against the British forces of one bit of ground, a fortified copse – known on our maps as Rossignol Wood – south of Arras and north of the Ancre, under conditions that typify all that was heroic and obstinate in the evolved and final phase of trench warfare. UNCOMMON.