A BLOOD-DIMMED TIDE: The Battle of the Bulge by the Men Who Fought It

A BLOOD-DIMMED TIDE                                   GERALD ASTOR

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This book first came out in 1992 and I am now reading a reissued copy. I found this book to be an excellent description of events of the Battle. The author gives you information from the German side and how most of the Generals were against this assault and that that it would fail. You also of course get the American side, but the difference is you are hearing for the soldiers from the private to the sergeant. First on why they enlisted and then how they became attached the unit they were with. Some of the men describe how after they enlisted wanted to be paratroopers and what that entailed. You also get a look at the entire battle, and not just Bastogne which now it seems is all that people talk about. Not taking anything from the 101st, but you had just about their entire American European force working together at different targets to stop the Germans. This was the bloodiest battle for American troops in WWII, and the author gives you good insight into this entire mess including the Americans not responding quickly to reinforce their lines. He also gives a list of soldiers at the end and there accommodations, and he gives you a chapter of the Armies official record of the battle and to the end of the war. My father fought with the 82nd and this like the other battles he did not talk too much about other than losing friends and spending many nights in fox holes being shelled. This book gave a little more insight into what they went through. A good read. I got this book from netgalley. I gave it 5 stars. 
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