Contrary to popular misconception, the Germans' Ardennes Offensive of December 1944 was Not the last German offensive in the West. Operation Nordwind was. The course of the battle included a masterfully-conducted infiltration through snow-covered mountains, the capture - and subsequent release, unharmed - of over 250 Americans, considerable close combat, jointly conducted Waffen-SS and American medical care for their combined wounded, and, ultimately, the wounding and capture of the author. Ringing with authenticity and full of fresh insights and factual data about this practically-unknown battle and oft-overlooked elite unit, Seven Days in January will make an important and unique contribution to the body of literature of World War II in Europe. Against the background of his division's three (plus) years of combat against the Soviets in northern Karelia (Interesting and relatively unknown stuff in and of itself!), this book provides a detailed account of his battalion's action against elements of the US Seventh Army in the Low Vosges Mountains during the first seven days of 1945, mainly in the attack on and subsequent withdrawal from the key crossroads hamlet of Wingen-sur-Moder.