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Thirty thousand American G.I.s were killed or wounded in the longest battle ever fought by the U.S. Army - a battle that was ignored for so long, a battle that should never have been fought. From September 1944 to February 1945, eight U.S. infantry and two U.S. armoured divisions were thrown into the green hell of Hurtgen - fifty square miles of thick, rugged, hilly woods on the Belgian-German border, full of German soldiers in a deadly network of concrete bunkers. The butcher's bill was high: casualty rates ran to 50 per cent and more for most rifle companies. The High Command, from the relative comfort and security of their headquarters, miles away from the forest, refused to admit there had been a mistake. Careers, and the pride of the Army, were at stake. So more troops were poured in and the slaughter continued - to capture an objective that had long since lost any real purpose. This is a classic account of the price fighting men must pay for the prideful blunders of their commanders.
Of all the towns and cities in Germany none evokes the spirit of history more vividly than the name of Aachen. Here in 814 Charlemagne was buried. Here twenty-eight of the Holy Roman Emperors were crowned. And here, in the autumn of 1944, the US First Army, the Big Red One, was held at bay for two months by the fanatical resistance of the Wehrmacht. But this was no ordinary battle, no straightforward two-sided slogging match, for in the middle was a third party. Aachen, the ancient Holy City of the Empire, had remained a bastion of Catholicism in a godless state, the mass of her citizens refusing to acknowledge the Nazi creed. So it was that when they were ordered to evacuate the city, 20,000 civilians chose to disobey, hiding as best they could in the ruins, to fight it out with `friend' and foe alike. The atmosphere of a city in torment is brilliantly recaptured by the author and the vital importance of the battle for Aachen in the subsequent war fully explained. Two months later the German Army began its counter-attack in the Ardennes; but by then the Big Red One was worn out.
Nobody in the Second World War paid a higher price for the failure of politicians and generals than the infantry, whatever their nationality. Most battalions had a 100 per cent turn over due to casualties, some as high as 200 per cent. The majority of histories of the Second World War focus on what are perceived to be the more glamorous aspects of the conflict: flying aces, new technologies, politics. However, Charles Whiting's classic book, now reprinted in paperback is in the author's own words not a history. Poor Bloody Infantry is the story of the brave men whose efforts were so central to Allied victory but which has been gravely neglected by many writers on the Second World War. Whiting's vivid account of their experiences puts the reader in the thick of their struggles: firing useless Boyes rifles at oncoming SS tanks; crouching low in foxholes beneath a yellow incandescence as the surrounding dessert rocks and roars. Detailed and personal in scope, Poor Bloody Infantry deals with all aspects of the uncomfortable day-to-day life of infantrymen in the Second World War ranging from experiences in combat to such matters as foul tinned rations and VD.
Recreates the combat soldiers' world of fifty years ago down to the most intimate detail. This work presents the story of early confidence turning to disillusion as the campaign wore on - appalling strategic blunders, of strained relations among the Allies, and, of ideals steadily overtaken by the grim realities of war.
The Battle for the Siegfried Line was not only the most important of the 1944-45 campaign against Germany, it was to prove the key battle in the war in the west. This work gives a vivid account brings to life the principal personalities engaged in the struggle to break through the West Wall .
A story of the attempt on Dwight 'Ike' Eisenhower's life. It is an aspect of World War II and the true story of what happened to Heydrich and Leslie Howard. This World War II story, which details the start of a new kind of state terrorism that has instigated two wars in Iraq, caused major crises in both the UK and the USA.
Victory in North Africa was a triumphant beginning but the Allies knew that there was no time to lose. 'Festung Europa' (Fortress Europe) had to be cracked and Operation HUSKY was the bold beginning. As well as a massive seaborne invasion, Roosevelt and Churchill ordered their military commanders Eisenhower, Alexander and Montgomery to initiate a major airborne assault. Unfortunately, as Whiting reveals, those responsible for planning were at loggerheads from the outset. While mercifully the outcome was successful, the immediate results were nearly catastrophic and it took great leadership and acts of bravery to overcome the flaws that underlay the concept. Thanks to painstaking research, this book reveals not just the errors but the lessons that were learnt the hard way.
It has generally been assumed by historians of the Second World War that the Americans were caught completely unawares by the last great German Offensive - the drive into the Ardennes in December, 1944, known as the Battle of the Bulge. In this remarkable reappraisal, best-selling military historian Charles Whiting argues that the answer is very probably that they were not. So the author raises yet another question: Was somebody trying to cover something up and if so why?
This is an exploration of the special relationship between Great Britain and the United States told from the perspective of the volatile, often fraught alliance during World War Two. The spotlight falls on Monty and Ike, then takes in the ordinary squaddie who becomes a pawn in the game.
This volume in the Spellmount Siegfried Line series provides eyewitness accounts of the battle for Europe. The work conveys the experiences and responses of the ordinary soldier during the final period of the war.
Fought in the Ardennes forests in December 1944, this was the greatest land battle waged by the US Army this century. For political reasons no mention was ever made of crucial British involvement. Whiting aims to set the record straight; telling the true story of the XXX Corps actions and recounting the hard fighting and suffering they endured.
In September, 1944, Montgomery predicted that his armies would easily 'bounce the Rhine' to strike a final blow at the heart of Hitler's Reich. However, his confidence was misplaced; nearly 20 major attempts were made to breach the German defences.
World War II scholar Whiting here examines the events at the close of 1944, when Allied troops liberated France and began the invasion of Germany. Whiting focuses on the pressures faced by the fighting men during the war against Germany's final campaign, a time that saw fatigue, illness, atrocities committed by both sides, and 100,000 Allied desertions. '44 is a book that looks beyond the propaganda and tells the truth about the loss in morale and combat strain that the average soldier faced in that momentous year.
This text deals with the story of the US 106th Division, which Hitler smashed in the Battle of the Bulge, having never been in battle before, they suffered the first onslaught in December 1944
Charles Whiting tells the dramatic story of General George Patton's final months, following him over the Rhine to help deliver the fatal blows to Hitler's Third Reich, to his death, in bed, in December 1945.