The Americans from the Ardennes to VE Day

Brooke S Blades

The third and final volume of the author's Americans in North-West Europe series covers the historic period December 1944 to May 1945.
Date Published :
February 2020
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Series :
Images of War
Illustration :
250 black and white illustrations
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781526766083
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9.5 X 7.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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The third and final volume of the author’s Americans in North-West Europe series covers the historic period December 1944 to May 1945.

Launched in December 1944, the Nazis’ Ardennes offensive, known as the Battle of the Bulge, was one of the most dangerous periods of the War. During six weeks of desperate fighting, more US soldiers were killed, wounded or reported missing than in any battle in American history.

The Rhine was crossed in March 1945, first by the seizure of the railway bridge at Remagen and then by the combined American, British and Canadian ground and airborne operation codenamed Varsity. In the closing stages of the war, the western allies pushed remorselessly in the heart of Germany. Shocking evidence of Nazi atrocities was uncovered.

Berlin fell to the Russians in early May and the Allies met up on the River Elbe. In the chaos that followed, Germany was divided into four zones of occupation. The immediate tasks were ensuring the survival of the civilian population, establishing law and order, and the capture of war criminals.

In true Images of War style, this book graphically describes the magnificent role played by US forces under General Eisenhower’s overall command.

About The Author

Dr Brooke Blades is an archaeologist and historian whose research has included examinations of sites form Second World War in France, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg. An interest in Normandy first emerged during a visit in 1986 and has expanded greatly beyond an initial focus on documenting the landscape of Omaha Beach. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, daughter Emma and three cats.


"Enjoyed it."

- Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

"...a fascinating and compelling resource, whose text covers the period as concisely and as thoroughly as could be wished for in a book mostly devoted to imagery."

- A Question Of Scale

"Each chapter is started with pages of text with the appropriate background information to each topic,and followed by an interesting selection of photos which illustrate each one, all with informative captions."

- Military Model Scene

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