circa 1974 (no copyright date in book); The Battery Press, Nashville, TN; hardbound; very good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket very good; black and white glossy photos.
Focusing on the Leibstandarte's members as soldiers, this account contributes significantly to military history of the World War II period. The Leibstandarte originated in March 1933 as an elite staff guard for Hitler's chancellery, when Hitler personally gave the order for its formation to his longtime associate and bodyguard, Sepp Dietrich. The guard soon proved loyalty to Hitler by eliminating the Fuhrer's real and imagined enemies in the "blood purge" of 1934. As an elite military unit, which it became during the war, it fought in the last major offensive against the Western Allies in December 1944-January 1945, as a kind of tangible representation of Hitler on the battlefield. Based largely on captured German SS and army records Weingartner's account thus forms a unique and valuable record of the party-military organization, the SS in microcosm.