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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 Sher from Provo on 09-26-15

How Did Anyone Survive?

I have recently had a bent for learning all I can about WWII, and have read many books on the subject. Naturally I was interested in this one. Even with all my recently acquired knowledge, this book was hard to follow and hard to digest, not through any fault of the author, but because of the scope of the battle and the situations it engendered. It is just a lot to take in. Honestly, I don't know how anyone lived through that battle.

I did learn a lot from the book though, and will read it again somewhere down the road.

A belated but heartfelt thank you to the greatest generation, and to those who held Bastogne and similar places. That would include my Father and my Father-in-law. Thank you for your courage, determination and sacrifice. I am grateful for people like you because if I had been given that responsibility,I probably could not have done it.

John Lee is a masterful narrator. I'm not sure I would have picked him for this particular title, however, just because of personal preference. I like him more as a narrator of fiction. Still, I enjoyed his reading of the book, and especially loved hearing him use an American accent. No matter how hard they try, well educated Brits just can't get that accent down to earth enough.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Hank Askin on 08-08-17


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.

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