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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.
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
Posted May 21, 2005
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 10, 2005
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.'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.