"Platz der Leibstandarte" by George Nipe and Remy Spezzano. RZM Publishing. Hardbound, 296 pages, 500+ photos, maps and paintings. Retail $55.00
I think the photo books on Waffen-SS topics done in the US are better in many ways than the old Munin titles and this is an example. Binding, paper quality and photo reproduction quality are excellent. Also many of the photos are new and detailed captions are appreciated. I didn't care for the painted portraits, you can tell who they were supposed to be but not my idea of a portrait, but that is taste and does not matter in the book's value. Again just taste, I liked the cover design as a lot I see are a bit ugly or to "busy." For armor researchers/model builders, those interested in the last big Waffen-SS victory or those who especially like the Leibstandarte and its personalities, the book is a must have. I'm aware how hard it is to get clear detailed photos within a topic but hope the publisher will attempt similar books on other battles, as well as other Waffen-SS or Army units.