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 Malmdy 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....
|Title||:||Hitler's Warrior: The Life and Wars of SS Colonel Jochen Peiper|
|Publisher||:||Da Capo Press Reprint edition May 24, 2016|
|Number of Pages||:||480 pages|
|File Size||:||561 KB|
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Hitler's Warrior: The Life and Wars of SS Colonel Jochen Peiper Reviews
This is a great book about SS Colonel Jochen Peiper, infamous for the battle of the Bulge and the Malmedy incident in which 150 American pow's we're executed. A large portion of the book is dedicated to his trial as a war criminal for the Malmedy incident and his command of the 1st SS Panzer division during the time of the Malmedy incident. Outside of this episode little is known about his military career. The author gives a good account of his life in the SS, rising rapidly through the ranks and catching Heinrich Himmlers eye, because of his Aryan and Nordic features and becoming Himmlers adjutant in the late 1930's. Peiper was in this position until he actually saw first hand what was going on in the concentration camps, and then volunteered for combat duty on the eastern front. Peiper was a warrior not a murderer, he excelled in combat, involved on all fronts and was awarded Germanys highest combat medals.All of has combat heroism was for nothing, because of the Malmedy and Bove, Italy massacres of which his participation was never proven but he was in command so supposedly he was responsible.To the victor goes the spoils and the rule making
Joachim Peiper was previously known mainly because of his alleged involvement with the murder of American soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge. But Danny Parker has explored in detail the whole of his life by relying on original source material he has fully researched. It's a fascinating tale. For example, Peiper served at Himmler's headquarters for several years and married one of the Reichfuhrer's secretaries whilst the other one married the SS chief. Because the women remained friends throughout the war, there's a wealth of detail of what went on at Himmler's headquarters and much of it appears in this book. Peiper also served during the war on the eastern front as well as in Italy and the West. Initially sentenced to death in 1946 for involvement in the Malmedy (Belgium) massacre, his sentence was reduced thanks to evidence of torture by his interrogators and the intervention of US senator Joseph McCarthy. He spent the last few years of his life in eastern France, and the author gives a riveting account of his likely death in a fire at his home caused by anti-nazi crusaders in 1976. This biography not only describes this tank commander's life in detail, but explains in very readable prose why and how he acted as he did in a privileged position in the Third Reich. For anyone wanting to understand nazi Germany, this tome is an essential source of reference.
Very well written book.I must admit it left me a bit conflicted.I enjoy WW2 history and had always thought of Peiper as only a fanatical Nazi.He was certainly committed to the Nazi ideology but was much more than that.He was a true warrior and brave beyond belief.For this at least he deserves some respect.So in closing there are aspects about Peiper that are disturbing,but,there are also aspects about him that I can not help but respect.
I only heard about Joachim Peiper earlier this year and when setting out to find more about him was very disappointed to find two things - many books dealt only (or principally) with the Malmedy incident and those that looked at the man himself were very biased, either pro or against. This book is no exception. Danny Parker's dislike for this subject comes through loud and clear and ruins what otherwise would have been an excellent book. His research was thorough but his view on Peiper himself mean that someone trying to objectively find out about the man is left still searching. Peiper is a very interesting person and his life and times could do with a scholarly work by someone like Daniel Allen Butler whose work on Field Marshal Rommel is absolutely excellent. Perhaps someone will yet do a substantial work on Peiper. I am amazed for example that Parker in this book states that the trial of Peiper and his co-accused after the war "had been essentially fair". See Page 184. There appeared to be little fair about this trial as it was marred by the pre-trial actions of the prosecution. Thus far I have read the following books - Joachen Peiper by Patrick Agte (good book but very pro-Peiper. Still contains some good facts), this book (Hitler's Warrior by Danny Parker), two books by Jens Westemeier (one in German) both of which are very anti-Peiper, two by Charles Whiting (focus on Malmedy), the Devil's Adjutant by Michael Reynolds, two of the Leibstandarte 5 volume set by Rudolf Lehmann and Ralf Tieman (somewhat dry and not devoted to Peiper), plus one or two others. I was so disappointed that this book did not deal in an unbiased way with its subject. On the positive side, Danny Parker has done excellent research as I noted above, and he fills in so many blanks from the other books. He does deal in detail with Peiper's life post Landsberg which is missing from other books certainly at this level of detail. So as I read through I had to forcibly exclude Parker's comments, assertions, etc., and focus on the facts presented. For those serious about finding out more about Peiper, I believe it will be difficult to come to an unbiased conclusion. Perhaps the only way is to read everything and then make up your own mind. This is what I have done thus far but still hoping for a truly historical book on Peiper (warts and all) to come out at some stage. It may also be because I am not American (I'm Australian) than I find the tone of this book greatly diminishes what could have been the definitive treatment of Peiper's life and times.