This is the memoir of a veteran of the 6.
SS-Gebirgs-Division 'Nord'. Mr Voss describes his combat experiences in
Finland, the retreat from Finland and the Western Front a fluid, well written
readable way (unlike dry unit histories) and explains why he decided to join
the Waffen-SS instead of the Heer, namely anti-Bolshevism and the view that the
Waffen-SS was a pan-European army fighting against it.
Mr Voss reconciles his justifiable pride in
his comrades and his unit which fought for their country with the fact that
many other less noble men of the other branches of the SS Organization running
the Concentration Camps wore more or less the same uniform.
Mr Voss ends the book with the justifiable
and correct fact that despite having to fight for the corrupt Berlin gang, the
youthful patriotic sacrifice of his comrades is something that each nation much
The excellent combat descriptions might
have had something to do with the author writing the book in US captivity just
after the war, when memories were still fresh, added on by the excellent
English translation. The maps by Tom Houlihan were simple and helps to
understand the military situation better than other much complicated ones in
Overall the book is well written, honest,
and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the Waffen-SS or the German
side of the war.
Tumbleweed alert! - Papa Wehr -