I am an American. Yet, personal stories of the Eastern front in the German-Russian theater hold a fascination like no other. Nothing is as disappointing as a bad book on the Eastern Front and nothing quite so rewarding and engaging as a good book, which becomes a good friend. In The Fire of The Eastern Front is that kind of good book. The author, Verton, was there. In his book, he takes us there, too. Whatever the "objective" truth may be today, may have been at the time, these non-German young men from other countries who joined the German armed forces appear, to all intents and purposes, to have seen themselves as invited to take part in a great crusade to save Europe from communism. It's a fascinating story of life that this man, this good soldier and good writer, shares with us. I am the richer for his having done so. I believe all "Eastern Front readers" will feel the same.