Brassey’s, 1st ed., 1988. Xvi + 245 pp., 37 photo-plates + 14 maps. D.j., 23 x 15cm. FINE. Drawing a broad picture of the story of the German nation from the end of one world war to the end of the next, this book has a main thread running through it which is the drawn from the life and achievements of SS-Oberstgruppenfuhrer und General der Waffen-SS Josef (Sepp) Dietrich who rose to command an SS Panzer Army in the Battle of the Bulge. He protested that he was a non-political soldier, but he was twice convicted for brutalities as a war criminal and as a participant in "The Night of the Long Knives". However, the author also draws a picture of a man who was devoted to his soldiers and who led them through some of the fiercest fighting and harshest conditions in the history of war.