Voices of the Bulge: Untold Stories from Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge

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The powerful German counteroffensive operation code-named “Wacht am Rhein” (Watch on the Rhine) launched in the early morning hours of December 16, 1944, would result in the greatest single extended land battle of World War II. To most Americans, the fierce series of battles fought from December 1944 through January 1945 is better known as the “Battle of the Bulge.” Almost one million soldiers would eventually take part in the fighting. Different from other histories of the Bulge, this book tells the story of ...

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Overview

The powerful German counteroffensive operation code-named “Wacht am Rhein” (Watch on the Rhine) launched in the early morning hours of December 16, 1944, would result in the greatest single extended land battle of World War II. To most Americans, the fierce series of battles fought from December 1944 through January 1945 is better known as the “Battle of the Bulge.” Almost one million soldiers would eventually take part in the fighting. Different from other histories of the Bulge, this book tells the story of this crucial campaign with first-person stories taken from the authors’ interviews of the American soldiers, both officers and enlisted personnel, who faced the massive German onslaught that threatened to turn the tide of battle in Western Europe and successfully repelled the attack with their courage and blood. Also included are stories from German veterans of the battles, including SS soldiers, who were interviewed by the authors.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book is highly recommended to any history aficionado. It is a very unique document, as it describes the very human aspect of combat by those that experienced it. The DVD is a nice addition, as literally, you can see and hear the Voices of the Bulge." - International Plastic Modelers' Society

“The authors spent more than 12 years researching, interviewing and compiling information for this book. By sprinkling their narrative with concise biographical sketches and personal vignettes, Collins and King succeed admirably in combining official combat histories with the reminiscences of the men and women who experienced war on the Belgian frontier in late 1944 and early ’45. The result is a riveting tribute to the generation that experienced World War II firsthand. Collins and King have produced a marvelous compendium of recollections from military veterans and the civilians caught up in the last significant German offensive on the Western Front.” - ARMY

Tucson Citizen

"What was it like to have been involved up close and personal in this historic battle? Although many books have been written about the now legendary event, few —- if any —- have been able to respectfully and compellingly capture both sides of the conflict. Filmmakers Michael Collins and Martin King, producers of the documentary “Voices of the Bulge,” present this companion oral history that feature both the people featured in their film and others. This is a well-rounded perspective documents this decisive battle through the memories and observations of the soldiers who were there."

Bookviews by Alan Caruba
"...a fitting tribute to the men who made the ultimate sacrifice and the veterans who lived to tell their story."

Library Journal

This day-by-day account of the Battle of the Bulge takes the personal stories of servicemen to give a trench-level view of the combat. The book and companion DVD documentary are based on interviews conducted by filmmakers Collins and King, who provide some framing narrative and profiles of the prominent commanders of the battle. The bulk of the text is composed of the GIs’ individual and unit stories. VERDICT: For those unfamiliar with the battle, this may not provide sufficient overall context, but for readers who know the battle history, and those—teens and adults alike—who enjoy works such as Stephen Ambrose’s Band of Brothers, it is recommended.—Brian DeLuca, Enoch Pratt Free Lib., Baltimore

WWII History magazine

"What sets this oral history apart from the many others that have been published is that it is accompanied by a 47-minute DVD of the authors' documentary of the Battle of the Bulge...The authors have done an excellent job in describing the action."

Library Journal
This day-by-day account of the Battle of the Bulge takes the personal stories of servicemen to give a trench-level view of the combat. The book and companion DVD documentary are based on interviews conducted by filmmakers Collins and King, who provide some framing narrative and profiles of the prominent commanders of the battle. The bulk of the text is composed of the GIs' individual and unit stories. VERDICT For those unfamiliar with the battle, this may not provide sufficient overall context, but for readers who know the battle history, and those—teens and adults alike—who enjoy works such as Stephen Ambrose's Band of Brothers, it is recommended.—Brian DeLuca, Enoch Pratt Free Lib., Baltimore
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760340332
  • Publisher: Zenith Press
  • Publication date: 9/9/2011
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 482,344
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Collins has been a historical interpreter and museum staffer for the New England Air Museum, the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum, the Irish American Heritage Museum, and the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center. He lives in Hartford, Connecticut. Martin King is a military historian who has conducted tours for many Allied veterans and interviewed both German veterans and civilian witnesses in and around Europe's World War II battlefields. He lives in Belgium, where he researches and lectures, serves as a consultant for the History Channel, and has been a tour guide for veterans, their families, active U.S. military personnel, NATO staff, and other visiting dignitaries. Michael Collins has been a historical interpreter and museum staffer for the New England Air Museum, the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum, the Irish American Heritage Museum, and the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center. He lives in Hartford, Connecticut. Martin King is a military historian who has conducted tours for many Allied veterans and interviewed both German veterans and civilian witnesses in and around Europe's World War II battlefields. He lives in Belgium, where he researches and lectures, serves as a consultant for the History Channel, and has been a tour guide for veterans, their families, active U.S. military personnel, NATO staff, and other visiting dignitaries.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps vi

Prologue 1

Preface 2

Acknowledgments 8

1 The Center of a Storm 10

16 December 1944

2 The Offensive and the Atrocities 45

17 December 1944

3 We're on the Move 77

18 December 1944

4 A Rock and a Hard Place 103

19 December 1944

5 Fighting Back 136

20 December 1944

6 Digging In and Holding On 149

21 December 1944

7 Our Worst Enemy 169

22 December 1944

8 Siege, Relief, and Strife 179

23 December 1944

9 Christmas Eve on the Bulge 198

24 December 1944

10 Christmas Day on the Bulge 229

25 December 1944

11 Breakthrough 245

26 December 1944

12 It Isn't Over Yet 256

27 December 1944

13 The End Game 268

28 December 1944-End of Jaunary 1945

Postscript 301

Sources 304

Index 305

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

    Highly recommended. Best book ever about the Battle of the Bulge

    This book took 15 years to write. It is by far the best ever book written about the Battle of the Bulge. These guys are incredible. The veteran's accounts are harrowing, compelling and ultimately great reading. Every W.W.I.I. enthusiast should have this in his library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    Germanies last gasp part two

    The voice echoes in Blakes head "Core man core man core man."
    Hes waken up by Sam putting his bag in his lap and says, "Go do your job you have people to fix."
    Blake takes the bag and crawls out of his fox hole and runs in the derection of the yelling wich is hard to here woth the rar tat tat tat tat tat tat tat of the machinge guns and the boom boom boom boom boom ping of the rifles.
    Blake fall into the hole of the oerson and sees a gashing bullet wound in the shaking mans shoulder. He throws his bag on the ground and flips through what he needs and removes them from his bag. He tuses plires to get the flat bent bullet out of the screaming mans arm and Blake poors disenfectig alchohole in his wound wich causes the man to scream louder. Blake wraps the mans arm and makes him a sling and yells at the man," Run striaght back farther in our lines and tell the officers that we will be overrun."
    Blake runs to another man screaming in pain and sees he has a wiund ti the neck all Blake does is give him stuff for pain and walks away because he knows he'll die.
    Blake runs in the woods from the artillary and jumps in a mans foxhole and sees his dead partner and blake sits there taking cover from the German artillary when a grenade rolls into the foxhole and the man takes a glance at Blake as he yells "Get down" and the young, brave, and heroric man dove ontop of the grenade and it blew him and its self up right there right then as Blake was still looking into his eyes.
    Blake just sits there stunned starring at the mans remains and he looks up to see a artillary shell strie a tree above him and ther free blows up and then Blake blacked out. Contunied res three.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2014

    TROLL

    HAHAHAHAHA

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    Excellent

    Great book. Very personal stories told by those who were there.

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