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The Battered Bastards of Bastogne: The 101st Airborne and the Battle of the Bulge, December 19,1944-January 17,1945

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The Battered Bastards of Bastogne is the product of contributions by 530 soldiers who were on the ground or in the air over Bastogne. They lived and made this history, and much of it is told in their own words.The material contributed by these men of the 101st Airborne Division, the Armor, Tank Destroyer, Army Air Force , and others is tailored meticulously by the author a ...more
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Published May 29th 2007 by Presidio Press (first published 1994)
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First published in 1994, George Koskimaki's The Battered Bastards of Bastogne is a remarkable volume and I'm not just saying that because I have a thing for WWII.

Unlike a lot of volumes on Bastogne, Koskimaki's work is a collective memoir. It is not told by scholars who examined combat movements after the dust had settled, but by those who experienced it firsthand. Together these stories create a unique portrait of trench-le
Roderick Gladwish Gladwish
A powerful collection of first-hand accounts of the 'Battle of the Bulge'. It details a division exhausted and battered by the meat-grinder of campaigns in France and Holland forced to fight without preparation or even enough equipment. Men breaking under the stress, cruelty and compassion, courage and cowardice, told without judgement by men who were there.
The only weakness with the book was its editing. Gripping and personal accounts often broken by odd typos or repeats of lines. It may have b
Sep 23, 2015 Jeremiah rated it liked it

I admit that I usually rate books to a pretty tough standard. There is no doubt that this is one of the most comprehensive books about the Battle of the Bulge and the actions of the 101st in Bastogne during that part of World War 2. (I compare it to Alan Guelzo's recent volume about Gettysburg). Whenever possible Koskimaki presents an event from the battle from one, two, three, and even four different perspectives. It is just as interesting when they are all in agreement as it is when they are d
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May 29, 2014 P.e. lolo rated it really liked it
I was really looking forward to reading this book mainly because this would be one of the first books about Bastogne, which also had individual testimonies of what was going on. Each man always looks at situation a little different than next man. This book goes into great detail of just how close they were to running out of ammo, medical supplies, food and just about anything else you can think of. But like so many of the troops and especially the paratroopers or WWII, they would not give in or ...more
Robert Dennis
Feb 17, 2014 Robert Dennis rated it really liked it
Read this book over the Holidays, it was a bit of a reality check to read these soldiers stories, often describing their harrowing experiences of fighting better equipped, better armored and better clothed Germans almost 69 years to the day as I sat in comfort reading in my chair.
Although not the most heralded of battles, Bastogne definitely is in the Top 10 for World War II as far as importance. By holding the small village of Bastogne for 3 weeks in the middle of a brutal winter by soldiers wi
Jan 09, 2011 Betsy rated it really liked it
This is as comprehensive account of the Battle of the Bulge as you are likely to get. Most of it is in the words of the soldiers who fought it with overlapping accounts. It is not an easy read but if you are a WWII fanatic as I am, it is a great book. A few years ago I travelled to Bastogne to walk in my dad's footsteps during the war. This book put things in perspective for me and I would now like to go back armed with the maps it contains.
Donna Davis
Mar 13, 2014 Donna Davis rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those with a keen interest in military hst
When I opened this military treasure trove,a complimentary read from the fine folks at Net Galley, I expected to see what had been described, which is the story of Bastogne during World War II. Two other World War II memoirs had been written by the same author, but I have not yet read them. The teaser that advertised The Battered Bastards of Bastogne claimed that this recounting was the result of many, many letters, interviews, and other primary documents collected from the participants themselv ...more
Feb 05, 2016 Dr.J.G. rated it liked it
Some episodes of history are more than unforgettable, they are thrilling every time one thinks of them. One such is the battle of the bulge, when the allied forces were further out than could be logistically supported and German forces unexpectedly turned around to strike back, and the allies were surrounded on almost all sides with almost no option but to surrender or be massacred - and yet the commander famously replied "nuts" to the proposal of surrender from the Germans, barely taking the ci ...more
Feb 20, 2014 Janet rated it it was amazing
This collection of first hand accounts of the Battle of the Bulge should be on any WW2 History buff's shelf, but I'd go further and make it available to the younger generations who won't get the chance to interact with those that lived the stories. It would make an excellent book club selection as it is so well organized and contains so much material that would lend itself to interesting discussion. Was it an easy read? No, but the author's attention to detail and the accompanying well researche ...more
Feb 26, 2015 Greg rated it it was amazing
Great book. Tells firsthand what the soldiers went through during the battle of the bulge.
Apr 18, 2013 Ido rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: History aficionados
Another great book by George Koskimaki about the 101st Airborne division in WWII. This one actually seems to read more easily and clearly than "Hell's Highway" (his book about the 101st's participation in Operation Market Garden in Holland). What these men did - staving off crack German divisions and holding onto the strategic road and communications hub of Bastogne, Belgium is amazing. As everyone knows, they not only had to contend with being surrounded by the Germans but also with shortages i ...more
Jimmie Kepler
Jan 01, 2013 Jimmie Kepler rated it really liked it
George Koskimaki wrote three books on the 101st Airborne Division. They are 1) D-Day with the Screaming Eagles, 2) Hell's Highway: Chronicle of the 101st Airborne Division in the Holland Campaign, September - November 1944, and 3) Battered Bastards of Bastogne. This is a review of book three, Battered Bastards of Bastogne. George Koskimaki offers unique insights, as he was 101st Airborne Division commanding general, General Maxwell Taylor’s radio operator.

Battered Bastards of Bastogne fleshes ou
Brett Marshall
Aug 09, 2015 Brett Marshall rated it it was amazing
I give this book 5 stars it was very similar to Hell's Highway but the main reason I was a big fan of the book was how he wrote the short accounts from over 500 veterans and civilians. I recommend this book to all who want a challenge.
A very comprehensive first hand account of the 101st Airborne and supporting units' defense of Bastogne during the Ardennes Offensive '44. Wonderfully edited with never ending personal input from those who had boots on the ground. Although not the greatest book to gain a clear picture of the overall siege, this book hits the mark for telling the individual Soldier's story. If you are interested in WW2 history and specifically the Battle of the Bulge this should be on your to read list.
Nov 03, 2014 Art rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Great division wide coverage of the siege of Bastogne. This is the first book that gave me a idea just how frail a lot of the lines were along with the desperate fighting.The one strong point of this author's works is the coverage of different units in the division as well as the different specialties, covering everything from Infantry to Artillery to Medical and everything between. The go to account for the 101st for me now.
Mar 11, 2014 Tabby rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars
A good collection of firsthand accounts of the Battle of the Bulge. The book focuses on all American groups involved, giving a more complete picture of Bastogne. It could use some more photos and the huge amount of information can be overwhelming at times, but if you want an overview of this time and place, this is the work a student and history or military buff would choose.

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Feb 28, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it
The Battered Bastards of Bastogne is a detailed, first-hand account of the men who stopped the German advance in the Battle of the Bulge. The author's ability to pull together the men's accounts of what happened day by day, hour by hour, and second by second during this battle is truly remarkable. What these men endured is truly remarkable. A must read for anyone who knew someone in the battle.
John Latham
Dec 13, 2013 John Latham rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. The author brings to you the testaments of hardship during the Battle of the Bulge from 350 different men who were on the ground or in the air during the battle. Fiction books can try to replicate the feelings that these men felt but all attempts pale in comparison to the real word of mouth.
Aug 06, 2009 James rated it really liked it
Lots of details. Soldiers stories tied together by place, time, circumstances and lots of research. Very good. Band of Brothers utilized this research.
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George E. Koskimaki is a former paratrooper who jumped into Normandy on June 6, 1944, as General Maxwell Taylor’s radioman. He went on to become a preeminent historian of the 101st Airborne Division, having interviewed hundreds of fellow veterans for their firsthand accounts. He currently lives in Northville, Michigan.
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