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Ardennes 1944: Hitler's Last Gamble (edition 2016)

by Antony Beevor (Author)

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Mi reseña completa del libro aquí. ( )
  LuisBermer | Sep 2, 2018 |
During this most critical phase of World War II many troops abandoned their posts; however, enough Americans pushed back Hitler’s drive during the Battle of the Bulge. War time conditions are horrendous at best but the battle was made that much more desperate by the wintry conditions which approximated the Eastern front.

The prose moves the battle along swiftly. The author chronicles the allied internal debates about command while still poignantly describing the horrors of winter battles. Atrocities were committed on both sides and the account is punctuated by interesting tidbits throughout.
  gmicksmith | Jan 19, 2018 |
Excellent history of Hitler's gamble in December 1944 ,which we know as the "Battle of the Bulge". The author is very critical of Generals Bradley and Montgomery , showing them as "prima donnas" ,who were more worried about their public persona and were prone to take and give offence easily. Indeed the "heroes" of this battle were the ordinary foot soldiers who stopped and held up the German advance, while the Generals were in shock at the "intelligence failure". Beevor also points out the suffering of Belgian civilians during the battle. We also read that some Generals were encouraging their men to take no prisoners in retaliation for the German shootings at Malmedy. Very good reading. ( )
  tbrennan1 | Feb 20, 2016 |
I always approach Antony Beevor's books expecting the same high standards:
Meticulous research / attention to detail/ well paced narrative/ impartiality and an ability to retain reader interest.
This book does not disappoint.Readers will find out all about this winner takes all phase of the war which reveals the strengths and weaknesses on b. A wonderful book!ooth sides and how close the allies came to losing before the Germans literally ran out of gas! ( )
  prichardson | Feb 14, 2016 |
Excellent summary and analysis for the largest battle fought by US troops in WW 2. Typical senior officer malaise; Bradley was out of touch, lounging in Luxembourg and spent most of his energy and thoughts on making certain that Montgomery would rerurn his loaned Army and whether he would be discredited for his failure to act. As a long time friend and colleague of Eisenhower, he need not worry. He got his army back and a fourth star. Montgomery was his usual arrogant and obnoxious self and was finally shunted to an appropriately secondary role for the remainder of the war.

Lots of maps, hooray! Having traveled these areas of battle recently, I am truly astonished that anyone, in 1944, could maneuver armies in this terrain. This landscape produced many fierce fire fights fought by both sides with determination by the American side and fanaticism by the Germans.

At the sharp end, there were many mistakes made but enough unit and tactical competence, assisted by horrendous terrain and weather to slow the Germans until they quite literally ran out of gas. ( )
  jamespurcell | Feb 5, 2016 |
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This is from the bestselling author of Stalingrad, Berlin and D-Day, Antony Beevor's Ardennes 1944: Hitler's Last Gamble tells the story of the German's ill-fated final stand. On 16 December, 1944, Hitler launched his 'last gamble' in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes. He believed he could split the Allies by driving all the way to Antwerp, then force the Canadians and the British out of the war. Although his generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east. Many were exultant at the prospect of striking back. The Ardennes offensive, with more than a million men involved, became the greatest battle of the war in western Europe. American troops, taken by surprise, found themselves fighting two panzer armies. Belgian civilians fled, justifiably afraid of German revenge. Panic spread even to Paris. While many American soldiers fled or surrendered, others held on heroically, creating breakwaters which slowed the German advance. The harsh winter conditions and the savagery of the battle became comparable to the eastern front. And after massacres by the Waffen-SS, even American generals approved when their men shot down surrendering Germans. The Ardennes was the battle which finally broke the back of the Wehrmacht. "Revealing, profound and thoroughly unputdownable, Stalingrad is an extraordinary achievement which transcends its genre." (Vitali Vitaliev, Daily Telegraph (on Stalingrad)). "This brilliant storyteller...makes us feel the chaos and the fear as if every drop of blood was our own: that is his gift. It is much more than just a humane account; it is compellingly readable, deeply researched and beautifully written." (Simon Sebag Montefiore, Spectator (on Berlin)). "This is a terrific, inspiring, heart-breaking book. It makes the argument all over again that the world would be an infinitely better place if it didn't keep producing subject matter for military historians: but as long as it does, we can rejoice that at the top of that profession is Antony Beevor." (Sam Leith, Daily Mail (on D-Day)). "His book is the definitive history. This is World War II as Tolstoy would have described it - the great and the small." (Gerard DeGroot, Washington Post (on The Second World War)). Antony Beevor is the renowned author of Stalingrad, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature, and Berlin, which received the first Longman-History Today Trustees' Award. His books have appeared in thirty foreign editions and sold over six million copies.

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"On December, 16, 1944, Hitler launched his last gamble in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes. He believed he could split the Allies by driving all the way to Antwerp, then force the Canadians and the British out of the war. Although his generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east. Many were exultant at the prospect of striking back. The Ardennes offensive, with more than a million men involved, became the greatest battle of the war in western Europe."--Book jacket.… (more)

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