Hitler and his general staff were convinced that if the Allies on the Continent were struck a shattering blow, their unity would collapse. In mid-December 1944, they planned and executed a sudden but unsuccessful counterattack westward through the Forest of Ardennes that on combat maps produced a change in the battle line forever known as the Bulge. Following the format and scope of their earlier works The Way It Was and D-Day Normandy, the authors have reconstructed the sense of those uncertain days in the frozen Belgian woods. Hundreds of photos taken from American and German sources capture the world of combat from the perspective of foot soldiers and tank crewmen in all its powerful, gritty, and often gruesome reality. A valuable addition to any collection on this subject.
The Battle of the Bulge...
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16 Dec 44: Battle of the Bulge begins; largest, bloodiest battle fought on the western front
17 Dec 44: Atrocities committed against American POWs at Malmedy and Wereth
20 Dec 44: German advance fails to capture allied fuel dumps, start running out of gas
22 Dec 44: Gen McAuliffe says "Nuts!" to German surrender ultimatum at Bastogne
24 Dec 44: Belgian nurse is presumed killed in Bastogne when her aid station is shelled