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The Ardennes Offensive (VI Panzer Armee) [Paperback]

Bruce Quarrie


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27 Aug 1999 Osprey Order of Battle (Book 4)
This new series provides the most detailed information ever published on the major battles of history and the units which fought them. Includes comprehensive order of battle diagrams, specially commissioned maps, and is supported by contemporary photographs and unit insignia and colors.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Battle Detail 4 Sep 2000
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This book is a must for serious readers of this battle. Unlike others, this book provides detailed maps and troop lists for each significant action fought. The maps are usually 1 inch per mile and show woodlines, elevations, and locations of buildings and units. The book also details the quantities and types of tanks in the engagements. I understand this is the 1st in a series of 6 books which cover the battle. People may want to read an overview book of the battle such as Osprey's Ardennes 1944 or Combined Book's Battle of the Buldge before reading this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Battle Detail 9 Sep 2000
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The book, Ardennes Offensive - VI Panzer Armee, is a must have for the serious reader of the Battle of the Bulge. It covers the battles on the northern front from the German point of view. This book provides excellent detail which I have not found in other books. In particular, it provides detailed maps for each significant action. These maps are usually in a scale of 1 inch per mile and they show tree lines, elevations, and locations of buildings and combat units. I was also impressed that the maps showed which bridges were destroyed by American engineers and how it altered the advance of the German formations. I got a better sense of what was happening by studying these maps than reading many narratives. The book's narrative was also excellent in that it listed the types and quantities of tanks in the German divisions and the ones used in combat. Because this is just the first book in a series, it does not provide an overview of the offensive as a whole. Also, it concentrates on what happened and offers little insight on the human elements of the battle (ie, what it was like from an individual soldier's view or from a civilian's view who were there). I'd suggest that a person maybe read an overview book such as Osprey's Ardennes 1944 for a quick overview or Combined Books' Battle Of The Bulge for an overview with additional human interest insights. The second book in the series, Ardennes Offensive - V US Corps & XVIII US Corps, is another excellent book in the series. It covers the battles in the northern front from the US viewpoint. Like the companion book, Ardennes Offensive - VI Panzer Armee, it provides excellent battle detail. It provides detailed maps for each significant action which are usually in a scale of 1 inch per mile. They show tree line, elevations, and locations of buildings and combat units. But unlike the companion book, the breakdown of the types and numbers of US tanks is not quite as detailed. This was disappointing since some Sherman tanks did have the better 76mm gun and it is unclear which units had them. Also, it would have been interesting if the book could have indicated what type of AP ammunition was carried by the units since some units had HEAT in addition to AP rounds. Both of these books only cover the period of the German offensive until its containment. They do not cover the Allied counter attacks after Dec 26. Overall, I'm very pleased with the books and look forward to purchasing the remainder in the series. I hope they will include books on the Allied counter offensive. I also hope that they do a series on Bagration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Battle Detail 8 Sep 2000
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This book, the first in a series of 6, is a must have for the serious reader of the Battle of the Bulge. This is because it provides detailed maps of the actions showing tree lines, elevations, and locations of buildings and units. Most maps are in the scale of about 1 inch per mile. The book also lists the number and types of tanks involved in the actions. People may prefer reading an overview book of the battle such as Osprey's Ardennes 1944 or Combined Books' Battle of the Bulge before reading this series.
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