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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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May 17, 2013 happy rated it really liked it
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
A.L. Sowards
Aug 12, 2015 A.L. Sowards rated it it was amazing
Depending on which books you read, you could come away with the idea that the Battle of the Bulge went something like this (at least around Bastogne): Germans break through and overwhelm the pathetic draftees of the US Army. The remnant US forces retreat back to Bastogne, where the 101st Airborne takes over from the normal army troops who are so traumatized that they gladly give away their ammo, heads down, desperate to be out of the fray. Then eventually the Americans win, not because they’re g ...more
Nathan Trachta
Jan 16, 2010 Nathan Trachta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Robert Morganbesser
Jan 26, 2015 Robert Morganbesser rated it really liked it
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
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 16, 2016 Lkelly6 rated it it was amazing
I read this book because my father-in-law was right there on the front lines when the Germans crossed the Our River to attack the 110th regiment, which was spread too thin to stop them.

Simplistic patriotic comments tend to disgust me, since I seem to hear them and read them from the same types of people who refuse to pay enough taxes to actually support our military at the level they deserve. Those people need to read books like this, recounting what warfare really requires of young men, to und
Robert Allen
Feb 07, 2013 Robert Allen rated it really liked it
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
Frank Sullivan
Mar 08, 2015 Frank Sullivan rated it liked it

This book was very detailed of the battles that occurred in the Ardennes. Forced to slow the German advance to Bastone, Belgium these American units paid the ultimate sacrifice. This book being written by a military historian I found it to be "information overload" at times. However it shouldn't take away from the courage these soldiers had performed.
Oct 20, 2008 Al rated it it was amazing
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
Rebecca Streetman
Well written factual account

Must. Read
Very factual
I highly recommend this book. Very gripping account of the battles as told by the people present
May 30, 2015 Michael rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
excellent history of the fight by the 28th Infantry Division in the opening days of the Bulge.
Jim Stewart
Dec 10, 2014 Jim Stewart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 20, 2012 Leo Barron rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 18, 2013 Dave Gehrke rated it really liked it
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.
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
Nov 25, 2012 John Torsteinsen rated it it was amazing

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..
Mar 20, 2013 Steve rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 22, 2012 William Pontarelli rated it it was amazing
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.
May 08, 2010 Randy rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 01, 2015 Allison rated it it was ok
Very disappointed in this book. I think the author was trying to cover too much, the book jumped all over the place and didn't allow the reader to really get to know any particular men or unit.
Kevin W
Jun 22, 2013 Kevin W rated it it was amazing
Excellent read. Perfect mix of battle details and storytelling. First time reading this author, will definitely look for me of his books.
Jan 08, 2011 Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ww2
Excellent coverage if the initial German assault in the Battle of the Bulge and the heroic stand of the 28th Infantry Division.
Jul 16, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An absolute breeze to read. Compelling and, at times, nail-biting stuff.
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