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Alamo in the Ardennes: The Untold Story of the American Soldiers Who Made the Defense of Bastogne Possible

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At last, here is a book that tells the full story of the turning point in World War II’s Battle of the Bulge—the story of five crucial days in which small groups of American soldiers, some outnumbered ten to one, slowed the German advance and allowed the Belgian town of Bastogne to be reinforced. Alamo in the Ardennes provides a compelling, day-by-day account of this pivot ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Wiley
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This book is the story of the race to Bastogne during the first few days of the Battle of the Bulge, Dec 15 – Dec 20. The first half of the book concentrates on the story of the 110th INF Rgmt of the 28th ID. They were attacked by elements of 5 German Divisions (3 Panzer) and succeeded in delaying them long enough for the 101st ABN to make it to Bastogne in time for their famous defense. The second half tells the story of CCR/9 AD, CCB/10 AD and the first arriving units of the 101st who took up ...more
Nathan Trachta
An interest of mine for some time has been the 28th Infantry Division; they’re one of the few divisions in WWII that got handled badly by the Germans three times (in a row). After I read the back of Alamo in the Ardennes I just had to pick it up.

Alamo in the Ardennes tells the story of the battles leading to the 101st Airborne’s (and the others) stand at Bastogne. The chapters are broken down into the lead-up to Watch am Rhine and then a day by day breakdown of the battle. Accounts go from the h
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Robert Morganbesser
The Battle of the Bulge is one of the greatest failures in US Army Command ever. The higher ups ignored the constant warnings of German build ups, ignored that the Germans were (did they forget World War 1?) resilient. And for that failure, thousands of brave men were killed, wounded and captured. This book highlights a little known chapter in that battle, how several units, under strength, under armed, but well led, stalled the Germans (who were sure that they would have rolled right over the A ...more
Robert Allen
i enjoyed the book. it was easy to read although it would be helpful to know the area or have a map handy to be able to follow the action. i'm a little confused about the "untold story of the american soldiers who made the defense of bastogne possible" part of the title. all of the informaiton is available in previous books. mcmanus was able to get a little go into a little more detail because he was dealing with a more limited area of the battlefield but the basics are out there. in fact, when ...more
Al
This book was excellent. Once again it shows that those kids are out there everyday protecting us and we are so much better for it. It is just life that so many members of this generation on now passing on, but if there is one thing I would like to say to them and evey other soldier, sailor or marine that has stood up and risked there last full measure of devotion it would be "Thank you". we owe them so much and we need to remember that...

I had not known the extent of the battle that was fought
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Jim Stewart
You are there.

Well written, detailed review of the battles leading up to Bastogne. Hard to imagine how challenging it must have been for the soldiers on the ground.
Leo Barron
Definitely one of my favorite books about the Bulge. McManus makes you feel like you're there, in the foxhole with the men of the 28th Infantry Division. His style kept the pace flowing, and I read this book in a couple of sittings. In addition to his storytelling, McManus was diligent in the use of sources. His notes in the back show that this is more than a good read. It is also the authoritative work on this period of time when the Germans almost took Bastogne before the 101st arrived.
Dave Gehrke
Riveting Book! McManus makes good use of surviving veterans interviews to build this excellent account of the early days of the German Ardennes offensive. The American units and soldiers that slowed up the German advance on Bastogne, getting mauled in the process, deserve more recognition than they've been given. This book goes a long way towards correcting that oversight. If you like first hand accounts, you'll appreciate this book.
Jim
A great book. It tells the largely untold story of the delaying actions & sacrifices made by the 28th Infantry Division, especially the 110th Infantry Regiment, and elements of the 9th & 10th Armored Divisions to buy time and allow the 101st Airborne Division to set up their defences around Bastogne.
John Torsteinsen


My kind of book which means it is well documented both on the personal level and geographical. I like it when I am able to follow a map during the read, especially after having visted the area. Think I have to go back and visit again after reading this one, Great read!
My hat off to all involved..
Steve
An excellent book at the defense of Bastogne, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. The Germans surrounded the city and attacked it. However, several different American units stood there ground and fought. An excellent and fine example of bravery.
William Pontarelli
Answers the question very well: "How do soldiers behave when given an order to hold at all costs". The actions that won the Battle of the Bulge before the siege at Bastogne or the heroic stand at Elsenborn Ridge.
Randy
Gives a clear understanding to a little-known group of soldiers and how their efforts and suffering helped delay Germany's surge during the Battle of the Bulge and give the Allies valuable time to move troops in
Kevin W
Excellent read. Perfect mix of battle details and storytelling. First time reading this author, will definitely look for me of his books.
Mitchell
Excellent coverage if the initial German assault in the Battle of the Bulge and the heroic stand of the 28th Infantry Division.
Michael
An absolute breeze to read. Compelling and, at times, nail-biting stuff.
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