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The author is a loyal member of his unit‘s veterans' group, and his bona fides as a soldier are impeccable. Before The Aberjona Press agreed to publish this book, to the extent possible, his accounts of action against elements of the US Army's 45th and 94th Infantry Divisions were vetted against primary source documents in the National Archives, by examination of published unit histories, and by interviews with American veterans who fought against the author's unit. Especially extensive research has been carried out by Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Foster, US Army (Retired) with hundreds of American survivors of their savage battle against the author's unit at Reipertswiller, Alsace, in January 1945. All of the author's recollections have squared with the available evidence. From every bit of archival and anecdotal information it has been possible to collect, the author's pride in his unit's wartime record and battlefield conduct is fully justified.

Apart from the piercing insights into the question of why the German soldier fought as he did, the author's anguished, yet resolute examination of the dialectic between the honorable comportment of his unit and the fundamentally reprehensible conduct of other non-combat groups behind the front lines who wore the same uniform makes this book unique.

  Black Edelweiss
A Memoir of Combat and Conscience by a Soldier of the Waffen-SS
by Johann Voss
  • 8 Maps
  • 22 photos
  • 224 pages
  • Softcover, 6" x 9" format
  • ISBN 10: 0-9666389-8-0
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-9666-389-8-1
$19.95 Retail
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