By Jim Ring
From the autumn of France in June 1940 to Hitler's suicide in April 1945, the swastika flew from the peaks of the excessive Savoy within the western Alps to the passes above Ljubljana within the east. The Alps up to Berlin have been the center of the 3rd Reich.
'Yes,' Hitler declared of his headquarters within the Bavarian Alps, 'I have a detailed hyperlink to this mountain. a lot used to be performed there, took place and ended there; these have been the easiest occasions of my existence . . . My nice plans have been cast there.'
With nice authority and verve, Jim Ring tells the tale of ways the battle was once conceived and directed from the Fuhrer's mountain retreat, how all of the Alps bar Switzerland fell to Fascism, and the way Switzerland herself grew to become the Nazi's banker and Europe's undercover agent centre. How the Alps in France, Italy and Yugoslavia turned cradles of resistance, how the diversity proved either a sanctuary and a death-trap for Europe's Jews - and the way the full battle culminated within the Allies' descent on what used to be rumoured to be Hitler's Alpine Redoubt, a Bavarian mountain fortress.