Hitler's Last Gamble

Hitler's Last Gamble

The Battle of the Bulge, December 1944-January 1945

Book - 1994
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Baker & Taylor
Documenting Hitler's last attempt to avoid defeat, the dramatic story of the Battle of the Bulge describes the conflict from both sides

Book News
A deep analysis, with numerous maps and 24 pages of photos, of the German operation in the Ardennes an all-or-nothing gamble that staked Germany's remaining resources in a massive counteroffensive that began on December 16, 1944. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
The German attack in the Ardennes planned by Hitler to smash west to the coast and force the Allies to agree to a negotiated peace began in the predawn hours of 16 December 1944. It caught the American forces - overextended by their rapid advance across France, and overconfident - completely by surprise. The authors thoroughly examine the reasons for this and assess the blame. But they also describe vividly how in spite of being surprised the American divisions fought back for the most part with courage and tenacity, holding the German advance way behind the schedule Hitler had insisted his panzer and infantry divisions must follow. And Dupuy, Bongard, and Anderson chronicle with dramatic detail the ultimate defeat of the German offensive, beginning in the waning days of December and climaxing in the middle of January in a grinding battle that took a terrible toll on both sides.
Hitler's Last Gamble is based on the most comprehensive collection of documents and secondary sources in existence. The authors dispose of many myths about the Bulge that have become accepted through retelling. Some of these are the supposed poor performance of German panzer commander Sepp Dietrich; myths about German tank strength; the reasons for Eisenhower's decision to place the First Army under Montgomery; and Montgomery's alleged ineptitude. The book also provides detailed backgrounds on all senior American and German commanders, objective treatment and analysis of the actions and decisions of both sides, and many descriptions of dramatic small-unit actions.

& Taylor

Documenting Hitler's last attempt to avoid defeat, the dramatic story of the Battle of the Bulge, the last German offensive of World War II in Europe, a painstakingly researched volume covers all aspects of the battle on both sides.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c1994
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060166274
Branch Call Number: 940.5424 DUP
Characteristics: xxiii, 565 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Anderson, Richard C.
Bongard, David L.


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