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|Pt. 1||Operation "Christrose"|
|1||The Ghost Front||3|
|2||"Watch on the Rhine"||13|
|6||End at Clervaux||78|
|Pt. 2||"Hold the Reins Loose"|
|1||Spearheads through Belgium||97|
|2||Spearheads through Luxembourg||112|
|4||A Call to Montgomery||137|
|5||Fog of War||155|
|6||The Battle Shapes||168|
|7||Death of a Town||178|
|Pt. 3||Black Christmas|
|1||The Fortified Goose Egg||191|
|3||The Russian High||214|
|4||Day of Decision||236|
|5||"In Thy Dark Streets"||257|
|6||"We Cannot Force the Meuse"||274|
|Pt. 4||Twilight of the Gods|
|1||Queen of Battle||291|
|2||Candidates for Death||304|
|3||"Brave Rifles ..."||317|
|4||In Dubious Battle||333|
|5||Junction at Houffalize||351|
Posted November 1, 2005
This book is a favorite because Toland tells his story from the perspective of the men who were there, with skill and brilliance. He also identifies the locals who risked their lives to aid and assist the G.I.'s, who found themselves behind the lines after the massive German advance. I first read this book over 30 yrs ago, and used it as my guide to the battlefield when I personally visited the Ardennes in '96. Signs of the battle are present everywhere in the Ardennes. Especially moving was a visit to the village of Meyerode in Belgium, where the locals still tend the grave in the woods where Lt. Eric Wood, Jr., is buried, applying fresh flowers regularly. He held out for weeks in those woods before being discovered and overrun. Reading this book made me an authority on the battle, and I went from place to place -- St. Vith, Bastogne, Malmedy, Clervaux, etc. -- visualising clearly what had happened there in 1944. Toland writes these stories with excitement and drama, and I felt as though I was there -- written in the same vein as Cornelius Ryan's 'The Longest Day', these two books represent the best in first-hand accounts in WWII. I have read, and own, hundreds of books on WWII, European Theater, and no book surpasses Toland's on the Battle of the Bulge. I have also spoken with many of the soldiers who were there, and no battle represents the spirit of the WWII G.I. better than their performance in this crucial battle of the war.
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Posted September 30, 2011
Great book! I read it for the first time while a senior in high school back in '64 and have been looking for it for quite some time. It points out that while we were initially overwhelmed our guys did not just turn and run, but put up a valiant yet futile defense in numerous places. Cowardice was uncommon. Having served in Viet Nam I find myself comparing it to the Tet Offensive of '68. Thank God the press didn't have free reign to report everything they knew or we might have lost that war too. The book is riveting, hard to put down, and reminds the reader of the sacrifices and courage of our fighting forces even though confronted with overwhelming odds.
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Posted March 11, 2005
This book tells me a lot about the strategies of World War Two. The book also tells the reader a lot of information on the generals and solders and what they did. One of my favorite parts is when the German army ask us if we want to surrender and we say ¿NUTS.¿ Also a good section of the book tells you about the fact¿s or myth¿s of the war.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 22, 2009
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