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Ardennes, The - The Battle of the Bulge

Ardennes, The - The Battle of the Bulge
Author: Hugh Cole
Publish Year: 2007
Pages: 716
Dimensions: 8.5x11x2.2"
Restockable: No
Type: Hardcover


During most of the eleven months between D-day and V-E day in Europe, the U.S. Army was carrying on highly successful offensive operations. As a consequence, the American soldier was buoyed with success, imbued with the idea that his enemy could not strike him a really heavy counterblow, and sustained by the conviction that the war was nearly won. Then, unbelievably, and under the goad of Hitler's fanaticism, the German Army launched its powerful counteroffensive in the Ardennes in December 1944 with the design of knifing through the Allied armies and forcing a negotiated peace.

This is the story of how the Germans planned and executed their offensive. It is the story of how the high command, American and British, reacted to defeat the German plan once the reality of a German offensive was accepted. But most of all it is the story of the American fighting man and the manner in which he fought a myriad of small defensive battles until the torrent of the German attack was slowed and diverted, its force dissipated and finally spent.

This work is the official U.S Army history of the Ardennes campaign. It contains numerous photographs, and 16 pages of four color situation maps, delineating each phase of the battle.