This is the full story of the Battle of the Ardennes. In the last weeks of 1944 the German armies in the West, after a continuous retreat since the Battle of Normandy five months earlier, were regrouping for what they thought was to be the last battle in defence of the Fatherland. But Hitler had other plans – to mount an offensive through the wooded and snowbound Ardennes that would splkit the Anglo-American armies and deal such a blow that they would be willing to negotiate a separate peace. This is the offensive known as the Battle of the Bulge, from the shape of the ground punched out and captured in the attack..
Could Hitler’s gamble have succeeded? Could he have reached his objective, the port of Antwerp? Peter Elstob unfolds the whole panorama of the ‘last offensive’ which became one of the bloodiest battles of the Second World War, garnished with many acts of individual heroism and many errors of judgement by the hard pressed Generals and soldiers involved.
HITLER’S LAST OFFENSIVE
A dense and detailed study of the Ardennes offensive – the so-called Battle of the Bulge – that erupted into the thinly held American lines in the wooded and snowbound Ardennes in December 1944. Author Peter Elstob has mastered every aspect of Hitler’s last gasp attack in the west and conveys his knowledge to the reader.