The Battle of the Bulge: Hitler's Final Gamble

Overview

By late 1944 the Allies were poised to smash the Siegfried Line and break into Germany. Supply lines were shorter thanks to the port of Antwerp. Arnhem aside, there had been a long run of victories and there was no intelligence even from ULTRA to suggest a German counteroffensive.

So the major December attack through the mountainous Ardennes by massed Panzers and infantry took the Allies totally by surprise. Fog and low cloud negated the Allies’ air supremacy, English-speaking ...

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Overview

By late 1944 the Allies were poised to smash the Siegfried Line and break into Germany. Supply lines were shorter thanks to the port of Antwerp. Arnhem aside, there had been a long run of victories and there was no intelligence even from ULTRA to suggest a German counteroffensive.

So the major December attack through the mountainous Ardennes by massed Panzers and infantry took the Allies totally by surprise. Fog and low cloud negated the Allies’ air supremacy, English-speaking German commandos in captured jeeps created panic and withdrawal of US forces became a near rout with morale all but broken.

For ten days the situation worsened and Antwerp was seriously threatened and 21st Army Group in danger of being cut off.

Clear skies for the Thunderbolts and coherent counterattacks by rapidly deployed reinforcements turned the tide in the nick of time, so preventing a catastrophic defeat for the Allies.

All this and more is graphically narrated in this fine study of a pivotal battle, that so nearly changed the course of war.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781783463596
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • Publication date: 7/19/2014
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 1,071,072
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Delaforce has written 13 books on military history, all on World War Two. A veteran of the war, he received three decorations, in addition to campaign medals.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: Winston Churchill: 'The Forward Leap was Over'
Chapter 2: Euphoria Followed by Complacency
Chapter 3: On the Other Side of the Hill - Third Reich
Chapter 4: The Allied Generals at War
Chapter 5: Hitler's Great Counter-Ofensive Plans
Chapter 6: Hitler's Brilliant Deception Plans
Chapter 7: Hitler's DECEPTIONS - Stosser and Greif
Chapter 8: The Air War
Chapter 9: Hitler's Battle Plan
Chapter 10: The Secret War of ULTRA and Enigma
Chapter 11: The Ardennes Battlegrounds - the Ghost Front
Chapter 12: All Hell's Boreken Loose
Chapter 13: The Losheim Gap Battle - Gallant Cavalry
Chapter 14: The Doom and Destruction of the Young Golden Lions
Chapter 15: The Checkerboard Division 'A Hurricane of Iron and Fire'
Chapter 16: The 'Ivy' Division defend 'Little Switzerland'
Chapter 17: Battles for the Twin towns and the Elsenborn Ridge
Chapter 18: Colonel Fuller and the Keystones: Buckets of Blood
Chapter 19: peiper, Hitler's Bodyguard and the Massacres
Chapter 20: The Defence of St Vith
Chapter 21: Montgomery Takes Command of US 1st and 9th Armies
Chapter 22: The Rise and Fall of Dietrich's Sixth SS Panzer Army
Chapter 23: The Battle for Wiltz
Chapter 24: The Dying Days of Kampfengruppe Peiper
Chapter 25: The Seventh Army has Problems in the South
Chapter 26: The Air War 16-25 December 'The Metallic Starlings'
Chapter 27: All Roads Lead to Bastogne
Chapter 28: Patton Relieves Bastogne?
Chapter 29: German Seventh Army - 'battle of attrition'
Chapter 30: High Noon for Manteuffel's Fifth Panzer Army
Chapter 31: War in the Air: Christmas Day to New Year's Day
Chapter 32: Hitler's Surprises (1): Operation Bodenplatte
Chapter 33: British XXX Corps 'long-stop' and Counrt-Attack
Chapter 34: Hitler's Surprises (2): 'Operation Nordwind'
Chapter 35: 'Autumn Mist' - January - Retribution
Chapter 36: Gottlerdammerung - The Final Audit
Chapter 37: The Heroes
Appendix A: Order of Battle: The Ardennes Offensive
Appendix B: Military Museums in the Ardennes
Bibliography
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