Review of Ardennes 1944 by A Beevor
I have read a few accounts of the German attack in 1944 in the Ardennes, ‘The Battle of the Bulge’, over the years. This is a really good one.
It looks at both sides day by day, it looks at the build up and the aftermath of the battle. It has a full order of battle and good maps. It shows the brutality of both sides and the heroics of many men. It shows the dissension in both command structures which lead to more deaths than needed. It also shows the loss of civilian life from both sides actions.
A very good read with lots to learn from reading it. It highlights the fighting ability of the common soldier on both sides and also the hell they had to endure. Well worth reading.
The best book I now have on the whole campaign.