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, day-by-day

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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:
9781620459645
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
02/01/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
325,214
File size:
3 MB

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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)

Meet the Author

John C. McManus is the author of numerous books on World War II. He is a professor of military history at the Missouri University of Science and Technology and a member of the editorial board at World War II 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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