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Those who hold Bastogne


By Peter Schrijvers

Highly recommended !!

Peter Schrijvers

The Wall Street Journal called Those Who Hold Bastogne “a fast-paced story … Schrijvers does an admirable job weaving personal accounts into the larger picture of Bastogne’s horrors.”

“Probably the most accurate account of the Siege of Bastogne that I have read the past two decades. Written from the field, not the desk and thoroughly researched, Those Who Hold Bastogne is more than another write-up. It’s well researched, thoroughly substantiated and describes in great detail the actions of the lesser known heroic units who fought for Bastogne.  A must read for every WW2 historian and Battle of the Bulge enthusiast.” – Reg Jans, Battle of the Bulge Historian. 

Hitler’s last gamble, the Battle of the Bulge, was meant to deal a decisive blow against the Allied forces on the Western Front. The daring plan almost succeeded, but unraveled when tenacious American troops denied a superior German force access to Bastogne long enough for Patton’s mighty Third Army to come to the rescue. Even after the siege was lifted, the battle for the small Belgian town and its seven roads continued unabated, lasting an entire month, and drawing in a quarter of a million troops.

In this dramatic account of the 1944–45 winter of war in Bastogne, historian Peter Schrijvers offers the first full story of the ferocious struggle for the vital Ardennes crossroads. From the stampede of American troops and Panzer divisions racing to reach Bastogne first, through the bloody eight-day siege from land and air, and through three more weeks of unrelenting pitched battle with Wehrmacht and Waffen SS, events at Bastogne hastened the long-awaited end of World War II.

Schrijvers draws on diaries, memoirs, and other fresh sources to illuminate the harrowing experiences of Bastogne’s stubborn American defenders, German troops desperate for victory, and the town’s vulnerable civilian population. The costs of war are here made real, uncovered in the stories of those who perished and those who emerged from battle to find their lives forever changed.

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