The Battle of the Bulge: The Allies' Greatest Conflict on the Western Front

THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE                    MARTIN KING

The Battle of the Bulge provides a complete account of the final offensive push of the German army in World War II. From the heroic resistance in the Ardennes against numerically superior Nazi forces by the US 106th Division to General Patton's brilliant maneuvers, the campaign was filled with moments of tension, bravery, and genius, as it represented the last gasp of Nazi Germany. In this book, Martin King, who has been described as 'the greatest living expert on the Battle of the Bulge', guides you through one of the most important campaigns of World War II.

PAT'S REVIEW

This book was done very differently than other books that I have read about this battle. Each book always has something different though. One thing remains constant though that the defense that the 99thInfantry Division and the 2nd which were outnumbered 5 to 1 inflicted casualties ratio of 18 to 1 which really slowed down the German push. They also suffered a 20% loss before there could be any help for them. They really held their ground and though are not talked about enough they should be. The author also speaks about a smaller massacre that happened in Saint-Vith where 11 Black American soldiers were killed this happened December 17, 1944, no investigation into this one like there was in Malmedy. Some of the heaviest and hardest fightings occurred in the Saint –Vith area as one German Officer he interviewed talked about and always wondered why you Americans talk about Bastogne when there was other fighting going on. My father with the 82nd Airborne fought there in and around the mountains of Saint –Vith his feet were nasty and I later found out because they froze in a place called the Ardennes, but as a child, I did not know until I got older. He never wore sandals and actually liked living in the desert as opposed to the East Coast where he grew up. The fighting was intense but he would only tell little bits and pieces like other WWII vets. This book though gives you a look at all of the units fighting and even the Germans, and the Germans who that it would fail. A very good book. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

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