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    DescriptionIn the winter of 1944--1945, Hitler sought to divide Allied forces in the heavily forested Ardennes region of Luxembourg and Belgium. He deployed more than 400,000 troops in one of the last major German offensives of the war, which became known as the Battle of the Bulge, in a desperate attempt to regain the strategic initiative in the West. Hitler's effort failed for a variety of reasons, but many historians assert that Lieutenant General George S. Patton Jr.'s Third Army was ultimately responsible for securing Allied victory. Although Patton has assumed a larger-than-life reputation for his leadership in the years since World War II, scholars have paid little attention to his generalship in the Ardennes following the relief of Bastogne.In Advance and Destroy, Captain John Nelson Rickard explores the commander's operational performance during the entire Ardennes campaign, through his "estimate of the situation," the U.S. Army's doctrinal approach to problem-solving. Patton's day-by-day situational understanding of the Battle of the Bulge, as revealed through ULTRA intelligence and the influence of the other Allied generals on his decision-making, gives readers an in-depth, critical analysis of Patton's overall effectiveness, measured in terms of mission accomplishment, his ability to gain and hold ground, and a cost-benefit analysis of his operations relative to the lives of his soldiers. The work not only debunks myths about one of America's most controversial generals but provides new insights into his renowned military skill and colorful personality.

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    Advance and Destroy
    Patton as Commander in the Bulge
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Nelson Rickard, Foreword by Roger Cirillo
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 472
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 43 mm
    Weight: 930 g
    ISBN 13: 9780813134550
    ISBN 10: 0813134552

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
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    B&T General Subject: 520
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BENELX
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    DC22: 940.54/219348
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027110, HIS027060
    DC22: 940.5421934
    LC classification: D756.5.A7 R55 2011
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    DC23: 940.54219348
    Thema V1.0: NHWR7, NHWL, JWK
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MPBL
    Illustrations note
    illustrations, maps
    The University Press of Kentucky
    Imprint name
    The University Press of Kentucky
    Publication date
    15 October 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    John Nelson Rickard, a captain in the Canadian Armed Forces and the Directorate of Army Training in Ontario, Canada, is the author of Patton at Bay: The Lorraine Campaign, 1944. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.
    Review quote
    ""This is an impressive, important work. Without Rickard's detailed, painstaking analysis, such an appreciation of Patton in the Bulge would never have been possible." -- Harold R. Winton, Air University, USA" --