Hard cover, small format (6"x9"), 329 pages, 110 photographs, 30 maps and diagrams. Colonel Ritgen is both a combat veteran of WW2 and a noted European battlefield historian. He relates his personal experiences and those of the elite Panzer Lehr Division in Normandy, Falaise, the retreat through France and the battles on the West Wall. In addition, the author sums up the whole strategic picture of the war on the Western Front in 1944 from the German viewpoint. A fascinating account from the German perspective.