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And I thought there was nothing new to say...
on 24 August 2007
I put off buying this book for about a year (I waited until the second installment was published to buy them together) as I thought that this publication would add little to my knowledge and understanding of the battle. How wrong I was. By focusing on this one northern section of the battle, Steven Zaloga actually puts the whole battle into much clearer focus than any other account I've read.
The problem with most other accounts on the battle is that Kampfgruppe Peiper and Bastogne get the lions share of the attention. Whilst this account does cover KG Peiper, it puts it with the context of all the other operations by 6th SS Panzer Army.In most accounts, the emphasis is on the collapse of US Army units in the earily days of the assault. Here, we get to understand and apprecaite the success that the US enjoyed against the bulk of the SS Panzer Divisions and why the 5th Panzer Army to the South was so much more successful in its breakthrough.
Quite simily, re-focusing anyway from those well known and well worked elements of the battle has made for an excellent book with something new to say on a familiar subject.