A Blood-Dimmed Tide: The Battle of the Bulge by the Men Who Fought It

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A furious, all-or-nothing German winter counterattack caught the Allies by surprise. Their lines shattered, American soldiers fought with guns and guts and bayonets to slow down the onslaught; fought to separate their comrades from Germans dressed in U.S. uniforms; fought to survive the horrors of such battle sites as Baraque de Fraiture, Elsenborn Ridge, or the infamous Malmedy massacre of unarmed POWs. When it was over, the Allies had suffered 81,000 casualties, the Germans, ...
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Overview

A furious, all-or-nothing German winter counterattack caught the Allies by surprise. Their lines shattered, American soldiers fought with guns and guts and bayonets to slow down the onslaught; fought to separate their comrades from Germans dressed in U.S. uniforms; fought to survive the horrors of such battle sites as Baraque de Fraiture, Elsenborn Ridge, or the infamous Malmedy massacre of unarmed POWs. When it was over, the Allies had suffered 81,000 casualties, the Germans, 125,000.

As the 50th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge approaches, this engrossing oral history--told in the words of those who were there, from the top decision-makers to footsoldiers in the trenches--addresses the still lingering controversy over who did what to whom, who performed with valor and who committed the most egregious errors.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Astor ( The Last Nazi ) synthesizes interviews, diaries and correspondence in this evocative treatment of the Battle of the Bulge from a first-hand, front-line perspective. Through the testimony of German and U.S. participants, he re-creates the confusion and brutality of the war, the Germans' determination to break through at any cost, and the desperate American resistance that frustrated Hitler's last offensive. Many of Astor's interviewees, overrun by the German advance, became prisoners of war. Their accounts of their experiences in a collapsing Reich are the most original contribution of a work that, with its focus on the human aspects of the fighting in the Ardennes, brilliantly complements Charles MacDonald's A Time for Trumpets. Military Book Club main dual selection. (July)
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This book chronicles pivotal moments of the World War II battle in the words of those who were there, Allies and Germans, from top decision-makers to foot soldiers in the trenches. Descriptions are drawn from interviews, previously unpublished diaries, journals, and official documents. "Strong narrative, sound history, and a good read."-- Kirkus Reviews. B&W photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440215745
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1993
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 525
  • Sales rank: 701,531
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 1.43 (d)

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  • Posted May 22, 2009

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    Wow!

    This is my first read into the Battle of the Bulge. Astor writes very well and takes the reader thru the Ardennes, Belgium, Berlin, the war trials and follows up to the life of soldiers as civilians. Both sides are told - American and German. Extensive research is done to accurately tell what has previously been recorded. An excellent read and very thorough. Filled with amazing stories from several soldiers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2003

    The Truth about the Bulge Revealed!

    Gerald Astor brings the truth of the bulge to your hands. This book tells all details of the men and their struggles through that harsh winter. This is honestly the best book on The Battle of the Bulge i've ever read. Thumbs up!

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