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Victory Was Beyond Their Grasp: With the 272nd Volks-Grenadier Division from the Hurtgen Forest to the Heart of the Reich Paperback – 1 Sep 2007


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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Aegis Consulting Group; First Edition edition (1 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977756327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977756322
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 609,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Simon Orchard on 20 Jun. 2008
Format: Paperback
There is an ever increasing amount of unit histories and personal memoirs from `the other side of the hill' appearing in English. Most unit histories being published in English seem to concern the `glamorous' units, the waffen-SS, fallschirmjäger or panzerwaffe. Doug Nash's book is thus unusual to start with as he recounts the history of an `ordinary' infantry division, the 272 Volks-Grenadier Division. The humble infantry division has been almost completely ignored by military history literature on the German armed forces of WWII published in English, yet these divisions made up, by far, the vast bulk of the German Army. This then is the story of an average late war German division and of the average German soldiers that fought under its name.
The book however marks itself out in another, perhaps unique way. The basis of the book lies in a suitcase found after the war containing much of the paperwork belonging to the division's reconnaissance company. This paperwork has enabled the author to piece together an unparalleled detailed picture of one company's war as well as that of its parent division. The regular mundane reports and returns of a company have, in almost all cases been lost to history, burnt and destroyed, they were not seen as worthy of preservation for the archives post-war. The author has also carried out extensive interviews with surviving veterans thus combining the facts and figures with the eyewitness accounts of a unit struggling against the odds on the Western front during late 1944 and early 1945.
For the serious student of the German armed forces of WWII this book is a must, it's as simple as that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave History Student on 16 Jun. 2011
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Using primary documents of the 272nd that has recently come to light plus other research, Mr Nash has recontructed the daily events of the last months of the war for the 272nd VGD in general and the 272nd Fussilier Company more specifically. The author begins his book by describing how this new material became public and the amount of effort necessary to turn this raw data into a book. It was quite intrguing. The author then tells the origins and purpose of this new division and how it was to relieve the 89th ID in place. A description of strengths and weaknesses of the VGD's of late 1944 is given as well as some comparisons of advantages and disadvantages they had against the advancing Americans.

The front line had been quiet and undemanding, a perfect scenario for a new outfit while war was waging all around them as the Americans were striving to reach the Roer and Rhine Rivers. The story tells how the violence soon escalated with the 272nd getting involved in the fight for Bergstein, nearby Castle Hill, the Brandenberg-Bergstein Ridge, in front of Duren as well as the siege for Kesternich in mid December. The story continues with the 272nd falling back to Honningen by mid March then eventually fallen back in the Ruhr Pocket where the remnants of the 272nd VGD surrendered on April 18th, 1945.

Once again, Mr Nash has written an informed, engaging story about a critical time for both sides. The Allies were trying to break into Germany and the Germans were doing everything to stop that advance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clovix on 23 July 2011
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This excellent book provides thorough information about the German "Volks-Grenadier"divisions (VGD) created in the aftermath of the 20 juli 1944 attempt on Hitler's life. Envisioned by Reichsfuhrer SS Heinrich Himmler to be a true "revolutionary" National Socialist army answerable to the Naziparty alone. These divisions were to receive the best armament available and the best replacements. The sturmgewehr (assault rifle MP-44) was to become their trademark weapon. In reality many of the new recruits of Volks-Grenadier divisions were ex-Kriegsmarine, ex-Lufwaffe and Volksdeutsche. Combined with hasty training many divisions fared not well as a fighting units. The 272nd VGD, which (unit)actions are described in detail in this book, fought very well in the infamous Hurtgen forest area. The brutal battles fought are described from the viewpoint of the 272nd VGD, especially Füsilier company 272. The 22 detailed maps helps you understand the ebb and flow of the battles which were fought (i.e. Bergstein, Giesenheck, Kesternich, Schmidt and the Roer-dams). The great narration gives full insight in the difficult terrain and the extreme conditions. There is plentyful information about the actual combat (unit-, company- and divisionlevel) but the big picture is never forgotten. It helped me better understand the great difficulties the attacking American divisions faced, why and how mistakes were made, their combat learning curve and their capabilities. In all an excellent book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Ali on 24 Dec. 2009
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I got more than I bargained for with this book. This is the first book by Douglas Nash that I ever read and I am happy to say I wasn't disappointed. It manages to be erudite and scholarly without being dry and academic, a rare talent in the field of historiography.
Those who aren't into campaign maps and dry statistical analyses will not be disappointed as there is plenty of worm's eye view small unit action described in detail while those who do have a thirst for statistics and analyses such as myself will not be disappointed either.
There are few writers who have focused their attention on Volksgrenadier units (often confused with the much lower quality Volkssturm units of later years) and this is a welcome step towards filling in the gap in the knowledge of these much underrated divisions which often proved to be opponents to be reckoned with right till the final stages of the war.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to getting Doug's 'Hell's Gate' next.
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