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Handsome, intelligent, impetuous, and dedicated to the Nazi cause, SS Colonel Jochen Peiper (1915and#150;1976) was one of the most controversial figures of World War II. After volunteering for the Waffen-SS at an early age, Peiper quickly rose to prominence as Heinrich Himmlerand#8217;s ever-present personal adjutant in the early years of the war. Sent later to the fighting front with the fearsome 1st SS Panzer Division, Peiper became a legend for his flamboyant and brutal style of warfare. As one of Hitlerand#8217;s favorites, he was chosen to spearhead the Ardennes Offensive, later known as the Battle of the Bulge.
After the war, Peiper became the central subject in the bitterly disputed Malmand#233;dy war crimes trial. Convicted but later released, he moved to eastern France. There, he and his past were discovered, and he died in a fiery gun battle by killers unknown even today.
In Hitler's Warrior, historian Danny Parker describes Peiper both on and off the battlefield and explores his complex personality. The rich narrative is supported by years of research that has uncovered previously unpublished archival material and is enhanced with information drawn from extensive interviews with Peiper's contemporaries, including German veterans.
This major new historical work is both a definitive biography of Hitler's most enigmatic warrior and a unique study of the morally inverted world of the Third Reich.
From a leading expert, a definitive biography of the fearsome and controversial German SS tank commander of and#147;Hitlerand#8217;s Ownand#8221; Panzer Division
SS Colonel Jochen Peiper was one of the most controversial figures of World War II. Himmler's personal adjutant and Hitler's favorite tank commander, Peiper spearheaded the Ardennes Offensive and became the central subject in the famous Malmedy massacre trial. In Hitler's Warrior, Danny S. Parker crafts both a definitive biography of Hitler's most enigmatic warrior and a unique study of the morally inverted world of the Third Reich."
About the Author
Danny S. Parker is an expert on World War II in Europe. He has written extensively about the Ardennes military campaign and the Malmand#233;dy massacre, including the highly acclaimed Fatal Crossroads, Battle of the Bulge, and To Win the Winter Sky. He lives in Cocoa Beach, Florida.