Gift Guide
Customer Reviews for

The Battle of the Huertgen Forest

Average Rating 3
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 review with 3 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2004

    Everybody was lost, even me

    The maps are insufficient to support the narration. This is made worse because one map is at the beginning of the book and the second map is on p. 50. It makes it difficult to try to find a location on the map. This is appropiate because most of the men were lost too. Hill 232 isn't on the maps, although it was the object of a prolonged engagement. I was frustrated because I had difficulty in making sense of the terrain and logistics. About ten or fifteen pages later, in the next chapter, the author tells us that hill 232 was on Hamich Ridge. The book states that the maps aren't on a North-South-East-West grid, but they're skewered. This makes it difficult to follow the troop movements. The second problem is that the writer seems to be trying to be prosaic but he only succeeeds in having confused syntax with subject-verb-object out of order. 'Although replacements had begun what was to become a daily trek to the front lines, they never were to equal the fallen in numbers, and days and weeks would pass before they might approach the fallen in experience,' (p. 148). I'm not sure what experience the replacements were suppossed to approach because some of the fallen had fought in North Africa, and others fought in Normandy; that type of combat experience doesn't come about in days or weeks. That leaves the experience of dying, but who can tell? The author makes it incrediably clear how the men suffered and divisions were chewed up because of the lack of communication. When delegates from the high command questioned Lt. General Hodges and his command about the situation in the Huertgen Forest, Hodges and staff were overly optimistic. It didn't help that he kept receiving conflicting data. He should have sent people out to assess the situation, especially since the battle lasted 3 months. According to this book, people seldom took the initiative and there was chronic poor communication between the engineers and the other units. Because of the steep terrain and lack of roads, this battle depended heavily on the engineers. Nobody at headquarters was willing to request enough engineers and let them know what to do. Basically, the lines were too thin, the equipment and men were worn out, and the supply line was overextended. The author clearly points out that nobody on the Allied side realized or appreciated the value of two dams near the forest. If these dams had been taken, it's possible that the war could have ended sooner. The author says that during WW II, 10 per cent in casualities was considered high but in Huertgen Forest the caualities were over 25 per cent. The Huertgen Forest is twenty miles long and ten miles wide.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 review with 3 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1