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The Americans and Germans in Bastogne (ePub)

First-Hand Accounts from the Commanders

WWII American History Battle of the Bulge German Forces & Weaponry in WWII Military

By Gary Sterne
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 9.0 MB (.epub)
Pages: 312
ISBN: 9781526770783
eBook Released: 2nd September 2020

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In December 1944 the Third Reich was retreating. It was almost inconceivable that they could mount a counter offensive.

To the Allies, the capitulation of the Third Reich was just around the corner. Or was it?

Could the Battle of the Bulge succeed in turning the tide of the war for the German high command ?

The US 101st Airborne were the only Allied unit capable of slowing down the German advance towards Antwerp - and they were ordered to do just that - at a place called Bastogne.

The battle for the small Belgium cross-roads town is now world famous and to add to that historical narrative, the author has located de-classified interviews with the German unit commanders who took part. Brought together for the first time - they provide a unique perspective on the battle as the Germans were forced to make continuous alterations to their plans - and the 101st resisted every attempt to dislodge them.

This book offers significant and fresh research on this famous battle and the narrative unfolds in words of the men who were actually there.

It provides an excellent view not only of the facts and (local) battles, but also on the WHY certain actions took place, and why certain actions went wrong!
The book’s many sketches, maps, and photos of original plans and maps are a great help in visualizing the events in that glum and violent December month back in 1944.

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WW2 Traces

The book contains excellent reports and interviews from all round and these are accompanied by illustrated maps, reports and diagrams which help tell the story of the unfolding battle. The book also contains a number of excellent and clear photographs and at the back of the book is a comprehensive list of names and war information on both sides, which I found to very informative and helpful as it does the book and story credit. In one of the war’s closely fought battles, this book tells a robust and closely fought story. I credit the author for having written and excellent book and I would think that this would really appeal to most world war two military historians... I would give this book a very good 4.5 star rating. Plus I really enjoyed the font used throughout the book, as a reviewer it made a nice change.

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UK Historian

This is a very well laid out book, comprehensive and easy to understand, and for the first time being able to see the full German plan and how the American forces constantly shifted and changed to counter the attacks, and let small teams work together alongside the artillery to defend the town, causing the German army to lose in the region of 400 tanks and 37 thousand troops, killed, frozen or injured is a testament to the pluck and fighting spirit of the American forces.

A fantastic book to read more so if like me you have visited the area over the years.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

I have to admit to being a fan of the author’s previous forensic analysis of certain events during the Normandy landings in the US Sectors, and this book on Bastogne follows the previous pattern. Using many declassified accounts from German officers, the book adds balance to the story and is supported by good source documents, not least many fascinating sketch maps found in the archives. It is an essential part of the knowledge of the events during the assault in the Ardennes.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

Michael McCarthy

About Gary Sterne

Gary Sterne is a keen collector of militaria and was a co-founder of The Armourer and Skirmish Magazines. He has always been fascinated with the D-day landings and in particular was intrigued by the lack of precise information relating the mystery of the "missing guns" of Pointe du Hoc. His research led to the finding of a map which indicated the position of an "unknown" German gun position buried in the village of Maisy. After buying the land, he was able to open the huge site to the public. The re-discovery of the Maisy Battery made headline news around the world and has subsequently changed the history of the Omaha Sector forever. The site is now one of the major Normandy D-day attractions.

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