Hitler's Last Offensive

Hitler's Last Offensive

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  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • Illustrations, plans
  • 0552090239
  • 9780552090230

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A purely military history of the Battle of the Bulge by the author of Bastogne, the Road Block (1968), with emphasis more on logistics and morale than on command decisions. The northern attack by Model, the von der Heydte parachute failure, and the southern offensive by Manteuffel are presented in high coherent detail, as are the heroism of the American 110th and 112th infantry, the destruction of the 106th, the Malmedy massacre, the Battle of Bastogne, and the Allied counterattack; Elstob underlines the first two days of the German offensive, which was not unhindered. He favors the standard view of a paranoid Hitler personally directing every front action, but allows that since Hitler refused to surrender, this attempt to break the Allied offensive and rush for Antwerp was logical. The Germans picked the weakest Allied position and hoped to split the Anglo-American command; their brilliantly planned offensive literally ran out of gas and foundered for lack of reserves. The overwhelming minutiae of this book - Elstob spent four years interviewing, reading reports, logs, letters, etc. - reserve it for enthusiasts; Nobecourt's Hitler's Last Gamble (1967) is more compressed and pleasurable reading, but this will be a standard reference, source. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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