The third and final volume of the Author’s Americans in North-west Europe series covers the historic period December 1944 to May 1945. Launched in December 1944, the Nazis’ Ardennes offensive, known as the Battle of the Bulge, was one of the most dangerous periods of the War. During six weeks of desperate fighting, more US soldiers were killed, wounded or reported missing than in any battle in American history. The Rhine was crossed in March 1945, first by the seizure of the railway bridge at Remagen and then by the combined American, British and Canadian ground and airborne operation codenamed Varsity. In the closing stages of the War, the western allies pushed remorselessly in the heart of Germany. Shocking evidence of Nazi atrocities was uncovered. Berlin fell to the Russians in early May and the Allies met up on the River Elbe. In the chaos that followed, Germany was divided into four zones of occupation. The immediate tasks were ensuring the survival of the civilian population, establishing law and order, and the capture of war criminals. In true Images of War style, this book graphically describes the magnificent role played by US forces under General Eisenhower’s overall command.
IMAGES OF WAR: THE AMERICANS FROM THE ARDENNES TO VE DAY
This 256-page book is perhaps one of the most consistent in the “Images of War” series and is a worthy conclusion to Brooke S. Blades’ mini series about the American effort from Normandy to Germany.