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The Battle of the Bulge: Vol.1, The Losheim Gap / Holding the Line (Stackpole Military History Series)

The Battle of the Bulge: Vol.1, The Losheim Gap / Holding the Line (Stackpole Military History Series) [Kindle Edition]

Hans Wijers
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  • The U.S. Army's bloodiest battle of World War II
  • From-the-foxhole stories of American soldiers in combat
  • Based on official U.S. Army documents and after-action reports

    Most accounts of the Battle of the Bulge focus on Bastogne, but the Germans' main thrust actually occurred to the north, where Sepp Dietrich's Sixth SS Panzer Army stormed through the Losheim Gap. In this region of thick forests and tiny villages, U.S. troops halted the best of the German war machine, including the 12th SS Panzer and the 3rd Fallschirmjäger Divisions.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 8775 KB
    • Print Length: 419 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0811735923
    • Publisher: Stackpole Books (1 Oct 2009)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00CDWVM0A
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #938,206 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Just another ' Bulge' book...? 19 Aug 2010
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    No - certainly not ! The Ardennes Offensive of 1944 has created its own library of books ; some very good, others are just 'pot-boilers'. Despite a mundane title, this - and its companion volume ( for you will surely need both ! ) is well above average.
    Hans Wijers has researched the 'Northern Shoulder' of the Bulge over many years and has an intimate knowledge of the battlefield. A few years ago he collated much of this research, together with many first-hand accounts, into a series of self-published, limited print-run books which are now very hard to find.
    These Stackpole titles make much of this material available again in a more accessible format. I'd suggest they are not for the 'Bulge beginner' but if you have a good grounding in the subject, these detailed volumes which largely concern the march of 1st SS Panzer Division and their US adversaries are highly recommended. Only 4 stars - photo reproduction isn't great (which is a pity because, again, many of the photos are rarely seen) and the publisher has transposed some captions, but these books are a treat for the real Bulge enthusiast!
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    4.0 out of 5 stars The real Battle of the Bulge! 19 Oct 2011
    By D. Reay
    I have the original "self published" books from Hans Wijers, and I have had the pleasure of joining a tour he conducted. I have to say his knowledge and research is outstanding. His style is very readable especially with the wealth of first hand accounts he has included. With the backing of a well known publisher his works should get the readership they desreve. Highly recomended.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Good For Experienced Readers 11 April 2010
    By Marc Rikmenspoel - Published on
    This volume combines two books that Hans Wijers self-published around 1999. They can now be had much more cheaply in this compact, easy to find, combined format. Both parts deal with the crucial fighting during the first days on the north sector of the December 1944 German offensive in the Ardennes.

    They are based on accounts from veterans, after-action reports, and rare secondary sources. This makes the volume valuable to those who know something of the course of the campaign, and can thus benefit from the color and detail provided. However, this would be a poor introduction to the subject of the Battle of the Bulge, since the bigger picture is never shown or explained. Still, someone who enjoys action-filled accounts could read this volume, and then consult the listed sources in order to learn an overview of the battle.

    While this volume and the companion Volume 2 are not essential reading, they are valuable supplements to the body of literature on the Battle of the Bulge.
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Innovative and in-depth history- well worth the money 2 April 2014
    By Vince Murphy - Published on
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    I have read most of the most recommended works on the "Battle of the Bulge". With only one exception, those resources focused primarily on division level action, with occasional attention to key battalion level combat. The exception is this work: volume one of a three volume set. It is not unusual to read here details of squad level combat, with all levels from squad up to division receiving a very thorough retelling. Mr. Wijers has managed to find a treasure trove of personal accounts, both American and German, lending an intimacy and immediacy to the book which makes it impossible to put down. Although I strongly recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about the Ardennes operations, I would also recommend that the reader begin with good maps of the arena of combat in question, as maps, good or indifferent are noteworthy by their almost complete lack. Some of the photos have incorrect captions, for instance where the German Sdkfz 9 Wehrmacht half-track described as a Panther tank. Nevertheless, read on!
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Read 10 May 2014
    By James Mcnamara - Published on
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    A must read for those who are interested in a most serious battle of WWII. The war definitely was not yet over.
    1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars battle of the bulge 15 Dec 2011
    By fuzz - Published on
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    i,ve just finished reading the battle of the bulge book, found it a superb read, also the photo,s are fantastic. iv,e got extensive knowledge in this particular field, been to the ardennes five times and have visited most of the sites mentionded in the book.
    6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Don't order this book 2 Sep 2010
    By Bob Wenstrup - Published on
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    Normally Stackpole books are of good quality. But in this case, the writing is poor...the author obviously has relied very heavy on Herbert Cole's book for sourcing...the use of maps very poorly done... and the writing dull and uninteresting.

    A better choice is "The Key to the Bulge" ... much better written and has reasonable map support.
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