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Ardennes 1944: Hitler's Last Gamble in the West (Osprey Campaign #5)
by James Arnold
Osprey's examination of the 'Battle of the Bulge,' which was the last major German offensive in the West during World War II (1939-1945). Three armies attacked through the Ardennes, the weakest point in the American lines, and almost broke through. This title describes the planning of the attack and the course of events, including the defence of Bastogne and the heroic del ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published September 27th 1990 by Osprey Publishing
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the Campaign series had not yet found its footing enough in '90 to tackle a huge battle like the Bulge with any comprehensive conciseness or clarity; recently, the reliable Zaloga has somewhat rectified this with a two-part Battle of the Bulge 1944 (1): St Vith and the Northern Shoulder &Battle of the Bulge 1944 (2): Bastogne
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
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