The Battle East of Elsenborn

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This book tells of the courageous story of men who believed in their heritage, and who, through their heroic teamwork and dedication, stopped the main effort of the German Sixth Army. American veterans who participated in this battle remember the events, even after sixty years, as only yesterday. They also remember their compatriots and friends who died in this battle. The book covers what is essentially a five-day critical battle for the North shoulder of the ‘Bulge’ at Rochearth-Krinkelt. The Bulge was fought ...
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Overview

This book tells of the courageous story of men who believed in their heritage, and who, through their heroic teamwork and dedication, stopped the main effort of the German Sixth Army. American veterans who participated in this battle remember the events, even after sixty years, as only yesterday. They also remember their compatriots and friends who died in this battle. The book covers what is essentially a five-day critical battle for the North shoulder of the ‘Bulge’ at Rochearth-Krinkelt. The Bulge was fought was fought in many areas, but it was won for the First Army on this shoulder.

The author, has probed into every possible source for factual information. He has studied official after-action reports, histories and unit reports of organizations involved in the battle. In addition, he has conducted an extensive program of individual contacts, not only with the US Army participants, local villages and resistance fighters, but also with German commanders at various levels in the 3 divisions involved. Such an ample and widespread research effort has enabled the author to separate fact from fiction.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781848848924
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military
  • Publication date: 11/19/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 523,416
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Acknowledgements 8

Introduction 10

Chapter 1 99th Infantry Division: 13-16 December 1944 20

Chapter 2 99th Infantry Division: 15 December 1944 24

Chapter 3 Armageddon!: 16 December 1944 29

Chapter 4 393rd Infantry Regiment: 16 December 1944 47

Chapter 5 Büllingen Sector: 17 December 1944 61

Chapter 6 Losheimergraben - Mürringen: 17 December 1944 73

Chapter 7 Krinkelterwald: 17 December 1944 87

Chapter 8 The 395th Regimental Combat Team Withdraws: 17-18 December 1944 99

Chapter 9 The 2nd Division Pulls Back from Wahlerscheid: 17 December 1944 102

Chapter 10 Lausdell - Krinkelt - Rocherath: Evening, 17 December 1944 107

Chapter 11 Mürringen Abandoned: Overnight 17-18 December 1944 129

Chapter 12 'The Big Red One' Arrives at Dom Bütgenbach: 17 December 1944 134

Chapter 13 The Twin Villages: 18 December 1944 137

Chapter 14 Krinkelt - Rocherath: 19 December 1944 154

Chapter 15 The 'Big Red One' at Dom Bütgenbach: 18-22 December 1944 177

Index 189

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2005

    The Battle East Of Elsenborn: And The Twin Villages

    William C. C. Cavanagh has created a wonderfully written account about a pivotal battle in World War Two. In the book, THE BATTLE EAST OF ELSENBORN & THE TWIN VILLAGES, Cavanagh brings to life the enormous struggle that took place there during the massive German Winter Counter Offensive of 1944. The Americans, although they were vastly outnumbered by the Germans and caught by surprise, managed to hold on and stop the German advance. We know the eventual outcome of the battle, but the talented author Cavanagh through his skills as a story teller keeps your attention as if you have temporarily forgotten the ending. The Author describes the battle and the strategies in fascinating detail. Much of the narrative is in the first person, told by many of the participants of the battle. The book has 155 photographs and many well illustrated maps. Through the narrative, analysis, character sketches, and the military strategy, Cavanagh brings the battle to life. You can almost hear the crackle of gun fire and smell the smoke. This book has it all, and I recommend it to everyone interested in the Battle of the Bulge or anyone who has traveled in this area. I have visited this area and listened to Will Cavanagh's lecture. No one knows this history better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2005

    Pivotable Battle in the Bulge

    Ever hear of Rocherath-Krinkelt? After reading Will Cavanagh's book on the battle east of Elsenborn in the opening stages of the Battle of the Bulge, you may never feel the same about Bastogne. Why? Because the reversal metted out by the U.S. 99th and 2nd Infantry Divisions in this pivotal battle for two small Belgian border villages doomed the German Ardennes Offensive from the start-- much more than the later seige of Bastogne. The prime Waffen SS spearheads were clearly blunted in this encounter-- and so terribly did the reversal damage German prospects that by the third day of the attack Field Marshal von Rundstedt was using this failure as reason to recommend to Hitler that the entire Ardennes operation be called off. Will Cavanagh writes from his strength as the world's leading expert on the Ardennes battle in this area. No one can tell the story like he can. Read it and learn the history of the 'other Bastogne.'

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