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Armoured Warfare in the Battle of the Bulge 1944–1945 (Paperback)

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

Colour Books Military > Weaponry Photographic Books WWII > Battles & Campaigns > Battle of the Bulge WWII > Photographic Books

By Anthony Tucker-Jones
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 141
Illustrations: 160
ISBN: 9781526701756
Published: 2nd October 2018



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The Battle of the Bulge took the Allied armies by surprise in 1944. It was a result of the extraordinary recovery of Hitler’s panzer divisions following crushing defeats on the Eastern and Western fronts. In a daring offensive he hoped his panzers would unhinge the American and British push on the Rhine by charging through the Schnee Eifel, thereby prolonging the war. The consequence was one of the best-known battles of the entire conflict, and Anthony Tucker-Jones's photographic history is the ideal introduction to it. The story is told through a sequence of revealing contemporary photographs and a concise text. They give a sharp insight into the planning and decision-making, the armoured forces involved, the terrain and the appalling mid-winter conditions, the front-line fighting and the experience of the troops involved. The armoured battle, which was critical to the outcome, is the main focus. Through a massive tank offensive the Germans aimed to cut through the US 1st Army to Antwerp and Brussels, in the process trapping three Allied armies. The confusion and near collapse of the Americans as their defences were overrun is vividly recorded in the photographs, as is their resistance and recovery as the German spearheads were slowed, then stopped.

A part of the "Images of War" series focusing on the armoured vehicles used during the Battle of the Bulge; Hitler's desperate gamble to inflict a serious defeat on the western Allies and reverse Germany's fortunes. The chapters follow the attacks of the 6th SS and 5th Panzer Armies, the advance of the 1st SS Panzer Division, the battles for St Vith and Bastogne, and finally the retreat in the face of American and British counterattacks. The photographs give a very clear impression of the closely wooded and difficult terrain which continually hampered the movement of tanks and the rapid advance that the Germans were hoping for. Numerous different variants of armoured vehicles are shown, including some excellent images of the 150th Panzer Brigade, whose vehicles were made to look American in the hope of infiltrating deep behind the Allied lines. As the book's title implies there is a heavy emphasis on armoured vehicles, but there are also images of infantry and anti-tank weapons, and also some of the atrocities committed against Belgian civilians, as well as the infamous Malmedy Massacre.

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Pegasus Archive

As a general read, or an introduction to the battle, this is an ideal work. War gamers and modellers will find this a useful reference work also.

Gun Mart – reviewed by John Norris

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Miniature Wargames, March 2019

Murdered soldiers looted for their boots, slain civilians in a frozen field and US troops shivering in snow-covered trenches: New book's harrowing images show the bloody reality of the 1944 Battle of the Bulge, which inspired TV's epic Band of Brothers.

Mail Online 6/3/19

This book should appeal to the casual history buff, interested family members of veterans, armour enthusiast and modeller alike. It gives a better than average background history and present an excellent array of photos to go with it.

Highly recommended.

Model Military International, April 2019 – reviewed by Al Bowie

Documentation of great interest to the period stalwarts and vehicle modelers.

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Miniaturas JM

Anthony Tucker-Jones's photographic history if an ideal introduction to the story that is told through revealing contemporary photographs that chart the mud, snow and corpses on both sides.

Classic Military Vehicle, January 2019

A fine introduction to the Battle of the Bulge, based around a collection of photos. Some of them are well known, though it does include a selection I had not seen before...There were a variety of elements to the story of the Ardennes offensive of 1944 and Anthony has done a nice job of catching them in this new book.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

This new addition to the series, from a highly respected author in his field,
provides an ideal introduction to the critical Battle of the Bulge for new readers to
this part of military history and an example supportive volume for professionals
and established enthusiasts. - Highly Recommended

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About Anthony Tucker-Jones

Anthony Tucker-Jones, a former intelligence officer, is an author and commentator who specialises in military history, with more than 50 books to his name. His work has also been published in an array of magazines and online. He regularly appears on television and radio programmes commenting on current and historical military matters. His books include Armoured Warfare in the North African CampaignThe Battle for the MediterraneanThe Desert Air WarThe Devil’s BridgeHitler’s Winter and Churchill Master and Commander.

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