This book is an important contribution to the study of KG Peiper.
It is difficult to review it after purchasing the volume 2 in the series. Indeed, the authors have benefited from the feedback they received for the volume 1 and have generally improved the series with their latest book Duel in the Mist 2 (color pictures of the surroundings as of today, color maps, more relevant pictures, etc...).
These comments put aside, I do think that this book needs to be acquired by anyone with an interest in KG Peiper.
If you want to know the men of KG Peiper, what they did, probably did, what vehicles they were ridding, what these vehicles looked like, how they were lost, in what location and at what time, this book is definitely for you.
The level of information, research and analyses is of the highest quality and gives a closer insight in what was KG Peiper beyond the myth and general knowledge. Although it may feel disjoint at a time, I do not regret an instant my purchase neither mind the supposedly lack of cohesion. Personally, I will take this type of work over 4 or 5 different books each covering a different aspect. Yes, it is disjoint, nevertheless, I'm extremely grateful the authors still went with it. The plea is real: do not retain information... In this case, the "more" is absolutely the "better" and it is truly appreciated.
It is interesting to note also that one can find a non judgemental, rational analysis of the war crimes based on interviews and trial archives. The light it sheds on what may have happened over there is far better than anything I have read so far and completes the topic of KG Peiper in a very professional way. Indeed the truth has never seemed so close.
The book deserves 5 stars on numerous aspects -analyses, historical research, passion and dedication of each contributor, overall quality- but its younger brother vol 2 surpasses it, hence the 4 stars.
In short: buy Vol 2. Duel in the Mist 2, don't hesitate a second to complete your collection with Vol 1. I cherish both my purchases.