Hitler's forces had pressed in on the small Belgian town in a desperate offensive designed to push back the Allies, starting the Battle of the Bulge. Read more...
Hitler's forces had pressed in on the small Belgian town in a desperate offensive designed to push back the Allies, starting the Battle of the Bulge. So far the U.S. soldiers had managed to repel waves of attackers and even a panzer onslaught. But as their ammunition dwindled, the weary paratroopers of the 101st Airborne could only hope for a miracle--a miracle in the form of General George S. Patton and his Third Army.
More than a hundred miles away, Patton, ordered to race his men to Bastogne, was already putting in motion the most crucial charge of his career. Tapped to spearhead his counterstrike against the Wehrmacht was the 4th Armored Division, a bloodied but experienced unit that had fought and slogged its way across France. But blazing a trail into Belgium meant going up against some of the best infantry and tank units in the German Army. Failure to reach Bastogne in time could result in the overrunning of the 101st--a catastrophic defeat that could turn the tide of the war and secure victory for the Nazis.
In Patton at the Battle of the Bulge, Army veteran and historian Leo Barron explores one of the most famous yet little told clashes of the war, a vitally important chapter in one of history's most legendary battles.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-10-06
- Reviewer: Staff
Barron completes the story of his previous book, No Silent Night: The Christmas Battle for Bastogne (2012), by describing the U.S. Army armored forces’ attack to break into the surrounded city of Bastogne, Belgium, during WWII’s Battle of the Bulge. Despite its title, the book is not about the famous American general; it focuses on the privates, sergeants, and junior officers fighting against fierce German resistance on the snow-covered forest roads of Belgium, en route to rescuing surrounded paratroopers in Bastogne. The attack by the U.S. 4th Armored Division was the first counterstroke aimed at defeating Hitler’s final offensive of WWII, and deserves the attention this focused work gives it. Barron’s meticulous research uncovered information from archival records and conducted interviews with surviving German and American veterans, as well as Belgian civilians. Using these sources, he provides a detailed, hour-by-hour account of the five days of fierce combat, fought in harsh weather, that led to the liberation of the besieged forces in Bastogne. This excellent soldier’s-eye-view account of the challenges of tactical combat in WWII is a solid addition to the military history of the war. Maps. (Nov.)