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Publisher's Summary

Hitler's last gamble, the Battle of the Bulge, was intended to push the Allied invaders of Normandy all the way back to the beaches. The plan nearly succeeded, and almost certainly would have, were it not for one small Belgian town and its tenacious American defenders who held back a tenfold larger German force while awaiting the arrival of General George Patton's mighty Third Army.
In this dramatic account of the 1944-45 winter of war in Bastogne, historian Peter Schrijvers offers the first full story of the German assault on the strategically located town. From the December stampede of American and Panzer divisions racing to reach Bastogne first, through the bloody eight-day siege from land and air, and through three more weeks of unrelenting fighting even after the siege was broken, events at Bastogne hastened the long-awaited end of WWII.
Schrijvers draws on diaries, memoirs, and other fresh sources to illuminate the experiences not only of Bastogne's 3,000 citizens and their American defenders, but also of German soldiers and commanders desperate for victory.
©2014 Peter Schrijvers (P)2015 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"Using fresh sources and deft writing, Peter Schrijvers develops a panoramic and compelling boots-on-the-ground illumination of one of the Bulge's most epic battles." (Patrick K. O'Donnell, author of Dog Company)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Hank Askin on 08-08-17

Excellent!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

By far the most complete story of Bastogne I've ever heard. Really enjoyed it!

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of the 101st.

Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Nope

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

None

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5 out of 5 stars
By arron thompson on 02-28-17

very informative and not focused solely on the 101

good background and discussion on all units invoved and the civilian experience during the battle

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