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Contrary to popular misconception, the Germans' Ardennes Offensive of December 1944 was NOT the last German offensive in the West. Operation NORDWIND was.

Launched on the last New Year's Eve of World War II, this offensive ultimately involved two army groups, two field armies, five corps, and 15 divisions of the Wehrmacht's last, dwindling reserves.Until now, there is no published account in the English language of the German side of NORDWIND, other than eight pages in the late Hans von Luck's Panzer Commander-and even that describes the fighting on the Alsatian Plain, rather than in the Low Vosges. The battle for Wingen-sur-Moder involved seasoned American forces (elements of the 45th Infantry Division), completely green American units (of Task Force Herren of the 70th Infantry Division), and German units ranging from hastily-trained Volks-Grenadiers to previously undefeated SS-Gebirgsjäger.

The course of the battle included a masterfully-conducted infiltration through snow-covered mountains, the capture -- and subsequent release, unharmed -- of over 250 Americans, considerable close combat, jointly conducted Waffen-SS and American medical care for their combined wounded, and, ultimately, the wounding and capture of the author. Ringing with authenticity and full of fresh insights and factual data about this practically-unknown battle and oft-overlooked elite unit, Seven Days in January will make an important and unique contribution to the body of literature of World War II in Europe.

Against the background of his division's three (plus) years of combat against the Soviets in northern Karelia (Interesting and relatively unknown stuff in and of itself!), this book provides a detailed account of his battalion's action against elements of the US Seventh Army in the Low Vosges Mountains during the first seven days of 1945, mainly in the attack on and subsequent withdrawal from the key crossroads hamlet of Wingen-sur-Moder.

Told in the authoritative, thoroughly expert tone of the military profesional the author was, Seven Days in January's extensive footnotes, precise language and balanced perspective give it a tone indicative of the scholar and serious student of history he is today. Beyond a simple account of the course of the infiltration, raid, defense and exfiltration by his two-battalion task force, Herr Zoepf's book thoroughly recounts the action in adjacent sectors within the Low Vosges, on the German and the American sides of the battle as well.

In this endeavor, he was aided by his long-standing, highly cordial association with the members of one of his unit's principle opponents at Wingen, namely, the US 70th Infantry Division. (Herr Zoepf was an associate member of their Division veterans' group since being invited to join in 1981. His reputation among his former opponents impeccable.) Beyond the advantages derived from their cooperation, he also performed extensive research from US, German and Czech archival sources, and has woven his compelling, true, and fully confirmed personal story into a revealing and detailed tapestry of historical description and analysis.

  Seven Days in January
With the 6th SS-Mountain Division in Operation NORDWIND
by Wolf T. Zoepf
  • 37 original maps; photos
  • 304 pages; notes & index
  • Soft Cover, 6" x 9" format
  • ISBN 10: 0-9666389-6-4
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-9666389-6-7
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Members of the US 45th and 70th Infantry Division Associations and the Traditionsverband of the 6th SS-Mountain Division:

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