The powerful German counteroffensive operation code-named "Wacht am Rhein" (Watch on the Rhine) launched in the early morning hours of December 16, 1944, would result in the greatest single extended land battle of World War II.
To most Americans, the fierce series of battles fought from December 1944 through January 1945 is better known as the Battle of the Bulge. Almost one million soldiers would eventually take part in the fighting. Different from other histories of the Bulge, this book tells the story of this crucial campaign with first-person stories taken from the author interviews of the American soldiers, both officers and enlisted personnel, who faced the massive German onslaught that threatened to turn the tide of battle in Western Europe and successfully repelled the attack with their courage and blood.
Also included are stories from German veterans of the battles, including SS soldiers, who were interviewed by the authors.
About the Authors
Michael Collins is a Public Historian who has been a historical interpreter and museum staffer for the New England Air Museum, the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum, the Irish American Heritage Museum, and the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center among others. He lives in Hartford, CT.
Martin King is a British Military Historian/Lecturer who has guided many allied veterans and interviewed both German veterans and civilian witnesses in and around the WWII battlefields. He lives in Belguim where he researches and lectures on ETO battles as a consultant for the History Channel
Library JournalThis day-by-day account of the Battle of the Bulge takes the personal stories of servicemen to give a trench-level view of the combat. The book and companion DVD documentary are based on interviews conducted by filmmakers Collins and King, who provide some framing narrative and profiles of the prominent commanders of the battle. The bulk of the text is composed of the GIs' individual and unit stories. VERDICT: For those unfamiliar with the battle, this may not provide sufficient overall context, but for readers who know the battle history, and those--teens and adults alike--who enjoy works such as Stephen Ambrose's Band of Brothers, it is recommended.--Brian DeLuca, Enoch Pratt Free Lib., Baltimore WWII Historymagazine"What sets this oral history apart from the many others that have been published is that it is accompanied by a 47-minute DVD of the authors' documentary of the Battle of the Bulge...The authors have done an excellent job in describing the action."