The Battle of the Bulge: Hitler’s Final Gamble

Patrick Delaforce

 
Date Published :
June 2014
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
Integrated b/w photos
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781783463596
Pages : 376
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$39.95

Overview
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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 counteroffensive.

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 counterattacks 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.

About The Author
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Patrick Delaforce served with 11th Armoured Division during the advance through NW Europe.After a career in the wine trade he became a professional writer. Among his books in print with Pen and Sword are Churchill’s Desert Rats in North Africa, Burma, Sicily and Italy, Wellington Le Beau and Monty’s Marauders.

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