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Last Assault: 1944 - The Battle of the Bulge (English Edition)
 
 

Last Assault: 1944 - The Battle of the Bulge (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Charles Whiting

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It has generally been assumed by historians of the Second World War that the Americans were caught completely unaware by the last great German offensive of World War Two - the drive into the Ardennes in December 1944, known as the Battle of the Bulge.

But were they in fact taken by surprise?

In this remarkable reappraisal of the hectic days which preceded the last Christmas of the War, Charles Whiting argues that the answer is very probably that they were not.

But if the Americans knew that the Germans were coming, why didn’t they reinforce the troops on the weakly held Ardennes sector of the front line?’

What is certain is that ever since the end of the Second World War the guardians of the files relating to the Battle of the Bulge in the United States have been most unwilling to permit any examination of their contents.

In the brilliant piece of investigative history, Charles Whiting asks: ‘Was somebody trying to cover something up and if so what and why?’

Drawing on information from those hidden files, as well as first-hand accounts from survivors of the battle, Whiting set out a new and radically different interpretation of the one the greatest battles of World War Two.

Last Assault: 1944 - The Battle of the Bulge is an essential book for anyone who wants to know the real story of the battle that almost turned the tide of the war for Germany.

Charles Whiting is the author of numerous history books on the Second World War. Under the pen name of Leo Kessler he also wrote a series of bestselling military thrillers, including ‘Guns at Cassino’ and ‘Valley of the Assassins’.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1401 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 249 Seiten
  • Verlag: Endeavour Press (21. März 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00J66N6R8
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Have to take the Good and the Not So Good 28. März 2014
Von Carol Shealy and Michael Shealy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The positive aspects of the "Last Assault" are the stories around the 106th and 28th US Infantry Divisions as well as the gripping battle of St. Vith (including the heroic defense by the famed 7th US Armored Division). Whiting could have used maps to aid in telling the story but the story is one which should be told and, as I am sure, the events studied by professional and armchair historians and military scientists.

There are two clear disappointments: (1) the tale Whiting weaves about Supreme Allied Commander knowing...almost encouraging the Germans... to attack the VII Corps is very, very weak... reaching too far too many times and (2) the depiction on Monty's role was almost laughable. As to the conspiracy, Whiting's string of circumstantial "evidence" leaves one wondering if he was writing a book of fiction and not fact.

There is a very slight possibility Ike did what Whiting is accusing him. If Ike had planned to encourage the Germans to attack so he could defeat them "in the open," would he not have better positioned at least the readily available US Armored Divisions (pulled out of the line as Whiting points out), called forward the three ready US divisions from England, and, at the drop the balloon, moved pre-assigned forces to protect the key bridges?

As to Monty, by late 1944 is was obvious Monty was, at best, a two trick hero and, at worst...well at the near bottom of Anglo-American senior commanders. Even Brooke (who Whiting quotes) seems to have/had "fallen out of love" with him. It is clear to even an armchair military historian had Monty actually launched the northern pincer the outcome would have been much more decisive...but maybe the scar from France was too fresh so why even attempt to close-off the pocket. Actually, I think Monty had grander plans...but we shall never know.
3.0 von 5 Sternen its ok 17. Mai 2014
Von j rhea - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I little to history book, but I enjoy reading war books, so I did read it all and will tell you to read
5.0 von 5 Sternen "WW2 Bulge" Planned? 12. Mai 2014
Von IvvieH - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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First time for new viewpoint on this 'battle.' Much merit to writer's opinion. Very detailed account -long time emerging history!
2.0 von 5 Sternen Premise Not Supported 8. Mai 2014
Von Larry - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I don't think the author backed up his premise with enough (if any?) facts to support it. He paints Eisenhower, Bradley, and Patton as complicit in a plan to let the Germans attack so they could be chopped up. His praise, especially, of Montgomery as saving the North shoulder is not in accordance with many other Bulge authors who maintain that Montgomery was his usual unagressive self and sat on his butt instead of attacking. I thought the author did a good job at portraying the struggles and triumphs of the GIs who struggled with cold and fighting against overwhelming odds. Obviously, this is not a complete look at the Battle of the Bulge, but I thought the scant attention paid to the southern shoulder and battles for, and around, Bastogne again indicated the author's bias.

Readers of this book should seek more through studies and books about the Battle of the Bulge.

Lawrence L. King
5.0 von 5 Sternen Last Assault-1944 20. April 2014
Von Lloyd - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book was well written. It brought to life those who fought there and the circumstances of their being there. There were a lot of names to remember but the author always reminded the reader of each person when they were re-introduced in the book. I don't think a person needs to know anything about the Battle of the Bulge to enjoy this book. The reader should be interested in history to some extent, however.
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