Alamo in the Ardennes: The Untold Story of the American Soldiers Who Made the Defense of Bastogne Possible

Alamo in the Ardennes: The Untold Story of the American Soldiers Who Made the Defense of Bastogne Possible

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by John C. McManus
     
 

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At last, here is a book that tells the full story of the turning point in World War II’s Battle of the Bulge—the story of five crucial days in which small groups of American soldiers, some outnumbered ten to one, slowed the German advance and allowed the Belgian town of Bastogne to be reinforced. Alamo in the Ardennes provides a compelling,

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At last, here is a book that tells the full story of the turning point in World War II’s Battle of the Bulge—the story of five crucial days in which small groups of American soldiers, some outnumbered ten to one, slowed the German advance and allowed the Belgian town of Bastogne to be reinforced. Alamo in the Ardennes provides a compelling, day-by-day account of this pivotal moment in America's greatest war.

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* The 101st Airborne's legendary defense of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge hinged on small groups of outnumbered American soldiers slowing the German advance, argues McManus in this spirited account of December 16–20, 1944, before the 101st arrived. By that time, Hitler knew that stopping the Russians was hopeless, but gambled that a crushing blow to the Allies might win a negotiated peace. His plan pivoted on the capture of Bastogne in two days, with German forces moving in fast before their advantage of surprise and local superiority in forces evaporated. Hitler believed American forces would crumble at the massive onslaught—and many units did flee or surrender. But McManus (The Americans at D-Day) makes an excellent case that victory came down to a dozen units battling against overwhelming odds until, after four days of brutal attrition, the remnants straggled into Bastogne to join the newly arrived 101st. Like all good niche military history, the book describes small unit actions in detail. Soldiers who ran away left few records, so almost everyone here fights bravely. By focusing on a less familiar period, McManus makes a modest but original contribution to the vast WWII literature. 20 b&w photos. (Mar.) (Publishers Weekly, January 1, 2007)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471739050
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
03/05/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,082,981
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 9.53(h) x 1.18(d)

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Thomas Fleming
Will become one of the classics of the literature of World War II combat. (Thomas Fleming, author of The New Dealers' War)
Rick Atkinson
Comprehensive and vivid...John C. McManus has taken a great old story and made it new again. (Rick Atkinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of An Army at Dawn)
From the Publisher
"McManus's absorbing and forthright narrative will hopefully dispel several myths, namely that Bastogne was the decisive engagement of the Battle of the Bulge, and give long-overdue credit to the many brave Americans, some of them still alive today, who made victory possible in America's greatest ever battle. You can't ask for more. Bravo!"
--Alex Kershaw, author of The Longest Winter: The Battle of the Bulge and the Epic Story of WWII's Most Decorated Platoon

"John McManus has deftly woven a wide range of previously untapped sources into a dramatic and finely detailed account of events that set the stage for the successful defense of Bastogne during the Ardennes Counteroffensive. In doing so, McManus pays a long overdue and heartfelt tribute to the brave men of the 110th Infantry Regiment, Combat Command R, 9th Armored Division, and CCB, 10th Armored Division without detracting from the epic stand of the "Screaming Eagles" of the 101st Airborne Division."
--Lt. Col. (Ret.) Mark J. Reardon, U.S. Army Historian and Author of Victory at Mortain

"A comprehensive and vivid account of the heroic defense of Bastogne, the linchpin in the Battle of Bulge. With a scholar's precision and a writer's keen eye for the telling detail, John C. McManus has taken a great old story and made it new again."
--Rick Atkinson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning An Army at Dawn and the bestselling In the Company of Soldiers.

"I have read hundreds of books about men in battle but seldom have I seen one that comes close to the intensity that John McManus achieves in Alamo in the Ardennes. To an unparalleled degree, his amazing research has enabled him to get inside the minds and hearts of dozens of soldiers, from generals to privates. This is a book that will become one of the classics of the literature of World War II combat."
--Thomas Fleming author of The New Dealers' War: FDR and the War Within World War II

"John McManus shines a light on the lesser-known battles that made the historic defense of Bastogne possible. His excellent research puts the reader on the icy battlefields of Belgium where threadbare American retrograde fighting frustrated Hitler’s last offensive in the west."
--Kevin M. Hymel, author of Patton’s Photographs

"Alamo of the Ardennes" reveals the largely unknown story of how small bands of American soldiers turned the tide during the early stages of Battle of Bulge. Through the words of the men, McManus weaves a brilliant story of courage and sacrifice. This definitive and eminently readable history is destined to be a classic among Bulge histories."--Patrick K. O'Donnell, author of We Were One: Shoulder to Shoulder with the Marines Who Took Fallujah and Beyond Valor: World War II's Ranger and Airborne Reveal the Heart of Combat.

Meet the Author

JOHN C. MCMANUS is the author of several books on World War II.He is a professor of military history at the University of Missouri-Rolla and a member of the editorial board at WWII magazine.

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Alamo in the Ardennes: The Untold Story of the American Soldiers Who Made the Defense of Bastogne Possible 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Exhaustively researched, 'Alamo' is the quintessential synthesis of first-hand accounts and historical analysis. It pieces together events which preceded the celebrated Bastogne battle with a focus and insight rarely experienced in military history books. The only sensation missing is the odor of battle.
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