The Battle of the Bulge (ePub)
Hitler's Final Gamble
By late 1944 the Allies were poised to smash the Siegfried Line and break into Germany. Supply lines were shorter thanks to the port of Antwerp. Arnhem aside, there had been a long run of victories and there was no intelligence even from ULTRA to suggest a German counter-offensive.
So the major December attack through the mountainous Ardennes by massed Panzers and infantry took the Allies totally by surprise. Fog and low cloud negated the Allies' air supremacy, English-speaking German commandos in captured jeeps created panic and withdrawal of US forces became a near rout with morale all but broken.
For ten days the situation worsened and Antwerp was seriously threatened and 21st Army Group in danger of being cut off.
Clear skies for the Thunderbolts and coherent counter-attacks by rapidly deployed reinforcements turned the tide in the nick of time, so preventing a catastrophic defeat for the Allies.
All this and more is graphically narrated in this fine study of a pivotal battle, that so nearly changed the course of war.
As featured in.Military History Monthly August 2016
The account of the fighting itself is excellent... This is a good account of the final German offensive in the west, made more valuable by the inclusion of material on the other subsidiary attacks.History of War
Patrick Delaforce recounts the events that took place in this excellent study of Hitler's Final Gamble, a gamble that so nearly changed the course of the Second World War.In the Footsteps
This new book by Patrick Delaforce offers a gripping account of the finely balanced nature of that epic battle, which involved over half a million men and countless tanks and vehicles on both sides.Military Machines International
The author's superb account has been republished to coincide with the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. In the ten years since this military history was first published, no one has yet been able to match the quality of this account. One of the must-buy books of WWII.reviews.firetrench.com