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A GI In The Ardennes (Hardback)

The Battle of the Bulge

WWII American History Battle of the Bulge Military

By Denis Hambucken
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 144
Illustrations: 200
ISBN: 9781526756183
Published: 3rd March 2020



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A GI In the Ardennes focuses on the human experience during wartime. What was life like for a regular American soldier who gave his life to combat fascism?

By immersing himself in historical documents, hundreds of letters and several interviews from that period of time, Denis Hambucken managed to accurately reconstruct the daily life of an American soldier in impressive detail. The author takes a closer look at the weapons, equipment and personal belongings of the soldiers who fought at the Western front, while sharing numerous personal anecdotes and moving stories.

A combination of descriptive text and lavish illustration, mostly in full colour, makes this innovative review of GIs in the Battle of the Bulge a very desirable book. In telling the story, the author incorporates reminiscences of veterans and local civilians, including photographs of them at the time of interview. – Highly Recommended.

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This extremely well illustrated book covers just about every aspect you could think of about the GI during this period. From arms and uniform through training, weapons qualification, immunisation, gas masks, censorship of mail, tents, M2 Flamethrower, Medics, underwear, rations, the PX, repple depples and the USO.

The subject matter is extensive and I found it an entertaining and interesting read.

It's very comprehensive and there are personal memories from GIs and civilians. A must have book for reenactors, war gamers and authors.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

What makes this book so outstanding is that combines excellent photographs of original artifacts (many types I have never seen before) with testimonies of veterans and Belgian civilians. You might think that the author is uncritical of the GIs, considering his deep passion for their artifacts. Well, there are actually several passages that are critical, moving and surprising.

Briefly put, I would say that Denis Hambucken has set a new standard for WWII books. The Ardennes aside, this is one of the best WWII books I have ever come across.

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Lars Gyllenhaal

I would recommend this book for anyone interested in the Battle of the Bulge. It is ultimately a testimony, as so many WWII books are about the soldiers’ experiences. Social military history enthusiasts will gain something from it, however, as will reenactors, modellers, and wargamers looking for uniform and equipment details. It is also an entertaining read made for dipping in and out.

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GoodReads, Robert Neil Smith

It is a different and interesting way of looking at the events of the Battle of the Bulge and what it meant for people to live/survive through some terrible days. Some of the topics it covers might easily be glossed over in any study or the battle whereas this one really does get down into the day to day necessities of living and fighting through a battle amidst severe weather. I think modellers, historians and re-enactors will enjoy this for the detail it provides, alongside the personal accounts of those who had to live through it all.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

Denis Hambucken creates a book that is a joy for the eyes, which makes you smile for the happy stories and the character of the GI struggling with a war very far from home, which makes us think of the waste of human lives for a counteroffensive decided by Hitler almost at war ended and the German forces that never recovered from that defeat, which makes us wonder at the ingenuity or simply by the enormous productive capacity of the American forces. A book that is a must for anyone who wants to know well what was the epic of Bastogne and the Battle of the Bulge.

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On The Old Barbed Wire

The book contains a number of interviews with the servicemen involved and their families, we also see lots of pictures of their kit, rations, vehicles, weapons, uniforms, paperwork and so much more. It really is a comprehensive and fantastic well written book that I found to be a brilliant read and one of the best so far this year. Congratulations to the author Denis Hambucken and the publishers Pen and Sword who have written and collected together a huge array of pictures and work that really does do a brilliant job. 5 stars out of 5. This book will definitely be read and re-read by myself.

UK Historian

Featured 'ON THE BOOK SHELF' by Neil Smith

Wargames Illustrated, October 2019

The author has built a comprehensive and informative book that uses a series of explanations of everyday objects, uniform and equipment, personal accounts and informed military history to describe the lot of the GI in the Ardennes. It breaks down the text into individual subjects and is well supported by the excellent images. Ideal to dip into as a refence book and just a plain good read. Recommended.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

Michael McCarthy

About Denis Hambucken

Denis Hambucken is an author, photographer, illustrator and graphic designer with a passion for history. Originally from Belgium, and living in the United States, he regularly returns to the Ardennes, and travels across the United States to gather testimonies, documents and photos.

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