Hitler's Last Offensive (Pen and Sword Military Classics Series) / Edition 1

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This is the full story of the Battle of the Ardennes. In the last weeks of 1944 the German armies in the West, after a continuous retreat since the Battle of Normandy five months earlier, were regrouping in what they thought was to be the last battle in defence of the Fatherland. But Hitler had other plans - to mount an offensive through the Ardennes that would deal such a blow to the Western Allies that they would be willing to negotiate a separate peace. This is the offensive known as the Battle of the Bulge. Could Hitler's gamble have succeeded? Could he have reached his objective, the port of Antwerp? Peter Elstob unfolds the whole panorama of the 'last offensive' which was one of the bloodiest battles of the Second World War, garnished with many acts of individual heroism and many errors of judgement by the firebrand General George Patton, the superb German generals and others. Paradoxically, all it ensured was that the Russians would reach Berlin first.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780850529845
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Series: Pen and Sword Military Classics Series
  • Edition description: First Pen andn Sword Classic Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 413
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.79 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii
Part 1 Background and Preparations
1 In Hitler's Dark Forest 3
2 The German Plan 16
3 Allies and Rivals 24
4 The Opposing Forces 34
5 The Northern Attack Plan 51
Part 2 Blitzkreig
6 The Initial Assault 67
7 The Southern Attack 78
8 'Defend In Place' 88
9 The Approach to Bastogne 100
10 The Our is Crossed 110
11 The Trap is Set ... 119
12 ... And Sprung! 128
13 The Breakthrough 140
14 Bastogne is Reached 154
15 Destruction of a Division 166
16 Twenty-five Miles in Two Days 179
17 The Shoulders Hold 190
18 Command Decisions 205
19 Bastogne In Danger 219
20 High Water Mark for Battlegroup Peiper 230
21 St Vith Falls--Bastogne Holds 243
22 The Defence Hardens 262
23 Critical Hours for First US Army 275
24 More Than Man Can Bear 287
Part 3 The Roles are Reversed
25 Turn of the Tide 305
26 The Advance is Checked 320
27 Counter-offensive 338
28 Last Desperate German Effort 349
29 A Summing Up 365
The Order of Battle 391
Selective Bibliography 392
Index 395
Diagrams and Maps
The Chains of Command 28
The Opposing Strengths 44
German Attacks in the North 62
German Attacks in the South 64
German Attacks in the Centre 96
The Furthest Advance 256
The Defence of Bastogne 304
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