28 August 2017.
ISBN: 978-1-788035-59-0 (PB)
This is a very long book which covers virtually the whole period of the war from 1941 to the fall of Berlin. The author’s commitment to deep and wide research is evident throughout so that we follow not only von Menen’s story but the wider narrative of the war itself. And the toll taken by the war on the people of Germany, led almost to total destruction by Hitler, with all its pain and distress is brought home to the reader again and again. Part of the narrative is told from the point of view of von Menen’s father, General von Menen, who has been tasked by the Gestapo with dealing with a vast amount of gold bullion, to abstract the bullion and divert it to some better, worthier purpose when von Menen also becomes involved: his plan is to get the bullion to Argentina where popular sentiment is very much on the side of the Allies and Peron himself, for all his Fascist inclinations, does not want to give the U.S. an excuse to intervene in Argentina.