A Dark and Bloody Ground

A Dark and Bloody Ground : The Hurtgen Forest and the Roer River Dams, 1944-1945

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This work examines the ominous prelude to the Battle of the Bulge and reveals one of the US Army's bloodiest nightmares of World War II. In late 1944, the American army had pushed through Belgium almost unopposed. As small units advanced into the hilly woods south-east of Aachen, Germany, they encountered a forest bristling with German troops. The face-off took place in some of Germany's most rugged territory and in rain, sleet and freezing temperatures. For weeks US commanders ordered units of as many as seven divisions into the woods to be chewed up by German infantry and artillery. The book's description of the battle is based on government records, a large selection of first-hand accounts from veterans of both sides, and the author's visits to the battlefields.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 152 x 232 x 20mm | 816.46g
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • 22 b&w photographs, bibliography, index
  • 1585442585
  • 9781585442584
  • 724,627

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... deserves a place on every soldier's bookshelf. - Army magazine
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About Edward G. Miller

Maj. Edward G. Miller is a retired army ordnance officer stationed in Germany. His most recent assignment was to the army's Command and General Staff College, where he completed most of this study in his off-duty hours. He earned the B.A. and M.P.A. degrees from Western Kentucky University and has completed several military training programs. His previous publications include articles in Armor and Ordnance magazines concerning development of U.S. armor doctrine.
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