An Enjoyable book because of its insights into the complexity of planning the campaign and for the remarkable different view one gets of Hitler. In my view worth reading for that alone. The content is all meat, no padding, and rich in depth and width.
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Clash of Steel
The book covers the German plan and the Allied dispositions in the area before going through the events of the attack, the initial successes, the siege of Bastogne itself, and then the relief of the town and the eventual retreat of the German forces along with the failure of the accompanying German aerial attack, 'Bodenplatte', launched on 1 January 1945 but which used up some of the last vital Luftwaffe resources, in terms of fuel, aircraft and of course pilots. The story of the events are accompanied by numerous personal accounts and archive photos, along with maps and unit dispositions throughout. The final section gives details of what you can find in a tour of the area, one which really needs a car, as public transport won't take you to everywhere you are likely to want to visit, and these notes are tied in with references to pages in the book which tell you what happened in these places, and the parts they played in the story.
Military Modelling - Robin Buckland
A new and revised edition in Pen and Sword's Battleground Series, the authors have updated their guide to touring the battlefield known best as 'The Battle of the Bulge', covering the Ardennes region of Southern Belgium and the Luxembourg border where US troops were taken by surprise with the force of the German 'Wacht am Rhein' offensive in December 1944. As with most battlefield guides it starts out with some background to the book itself, along with notes about travel and accommodation in the region, and some hints on useful maps to have with you, as well as background information on the attack itself. It then splits into 6 chapters, each one making an effective 'tour'. The first one covers Monschau-Hofen-Wahlerscheid-The North Shoulder-Elsenborn Ridge. Second is Kampfgruppe PeiperLosheim to La Gleize. Third is The Losheim Gap - Schnee Eifel - Schoenberg St Vith - Vielsalm. Fourth is Dasburg-Clervaux-Bastogne, fifth is 'Parkers Crossroads' to the Meuse River and finally six covers Wallendrf.. Read more
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