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Beginning of the End: The Leadership of SS Obersturmbannfuhrer Jochen Peiper

Beginning of the End: The Leadership of SS Obersturmbannfuhrer Jochen Peiper published on

Authored by U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

SS Obersturmbannfhrer Jochen Peiper was one of Germany’s most colorful military leaders of World War II with an audacious reputation. The name Peiper will always be linked to the Malm‚dy Massacre, the death of Belgian civilians and more than seventy American soldiers, but there is still a myth around Peiper. Why was a twenty-nine year old Waffen-SS officer chosen to lead the German spearhead unit during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944? Peiper was a special leader within the one of the most elite Waffen-SS divisions, the Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler. Peiper was charismatic and extreme loyal to his unit. His men trusted him as a leader, even under the most extreme conditions. In Germany he was a well-known war hero. It was a logical decision that Peiper became the commander of the spearhead unit, but there were other factors leading to this decision: tactical considerations, a
we-know-what-to-expect-principle, and Peiper was lucky that he was still alive and serving in the Waffen-SS.

Publication Date:
Jun 12 2014
ISBN/EAN13:
1500162647 / 9781500162641
Page Count:
148
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5″ x 11″
Language:
English
Color:
Black and White
Related Categories:
History / Military / World War II

17.95

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