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The Bitter Woods

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It was the greatest single battle the U.S. Army ever fought. More than a million GIs were involved and nearly 80,000 became casualties. The Allied generals had to rally beaten, dispirited troops in the face of an attack they had never dreamed possible.A study in command, from generals to squad leaders, The Bitter Woods follows von Runstedt, Dietrich, and of course Hitler, ...more
Paperback, 520 pages
Published August 22nd 1995 by Da Capo Press (first published 1969)
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Steve
Nov 09, 2014 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books to me that I've read on the Battle of the Bulge. the author was the son of the Supreme Commander of the Allied command in Europe during World War II-Dwight D. Eisenhower. This book breaks down the operations and command of the Battle of the Bulge as well as the aftermath. The beginning of the book gives a brief biographical analysis of the Allied and German commanders involved in the Battle of the Bulge.
Jim Gallen
Nov 07, 2014 Jim Gallen rated it it was amazing
As readers of my reviews will know I am a student of World War II. As such I am looking for books that are reliable sources for particular topics. For the Battle of the Bulge that book is “The Bitter Woods”. While author John Eisenhower was the son of one of, if not the, battle’s most significant participants, his role in this project is that of a serious historian with an unparelled access to then living veterans of the operation.

Eisenhower approaches the Ardennes campaign from all aspects, Ger
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John
Jun 10, 2014 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found The "Bitter Woods" by John Eisenhower to surprisingly good. I went into the book with low expectations, but read it because it was reference a few time in "The Damned Engineers," an excellent little book about the heroic exploits of the 291st combat engineers around Malmedy during the Battle of the Bulge. Eisenhower, son of Supreme Commander, had written a reasonably detailed and balanced account of the battle in the Ardennes forest in late 1944. The author takes 160 pages to brief the r ...more
Dr.J.G.
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
Jan
Jul 26, 2014 Jan rated it it was amazing
A completely solid, comprehensive account of the final German offensive in the West. Focusing on context and commanders the author (the son of the Dwight D. Eisenhower) places the battle the strategic content of WW2 and enables the reader to gain a multifaceted appreciation of the commanders on both side.

Concurrently he convincingly calls out how the combat qualities of individual US soldiers an small units created the delay and friction that effectively thwarted the German attempt to turn the
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Robert Krenzel
Apr 24, 2016 Robert Krenzel rated it really liked it
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This is a great book for an overview of the Battle of the Bulge. The author is understandably biased (his Dad was in charge of the Allied side), so you must take that into account.

The highlight of this book for me: during a staff ride of the St Vith area, my Lieutenants and I used the book's maps and descriptions to find the foxholes of a recon platoon that held off a German parachute division for several hours, delaying Kampfgruppe Peiper's breakthrough. Standing in those fighting positions ga
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Fordan Bonardi
Feb 12, 2014 Fordan Bonardi rated it it was ok
Personally, I made a mistake in not reading the story line level of this book? It choose books about cold weather war in I Europe and Korea to read during the winter, as it gets to feel how it felt. I assumed that it would be a book about the company level during the battle of the bulge, but it was from the general on up level! and found to be good! but again! not what I was looking for! I know I was a bit lazy, and will try to do better.
Liz
Apr 27, 2011 Liz rated it liked it
I'm enjoying this book and I have learned alot about his life and life in general. He ws an amazing man. I was inspired to read this book aftre visitng his childhood home and town earlier this month. It has made the reading the book so much more meaningful since I can picture some of the places that are referred to. Abilene is a quant little town with so much beauty.
Keith Wagner
Jul 28, 2011 Keith Wagner added it
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A great read especially from the son of the commander!
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The son of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife Mamie, John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower was a retired United States Army officer who authored several books of military history. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Belgium from 1969 to 1971.
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