The Last Assault Charles Whiting 1944 - The Battle of the Bulge Reassessed

It has generally been assumed by historians of the Second World War that the Americans were caught completely unawares by the last great German Offensive - the drive into the Ardenees in December, 1944, known as the Battle of the Bulge. But were they in fact caught unwares? In this remarkable reappraisal of those hectic days which preceeded the last Christmas of the War, Charles Whiting argues that the answer is very probably that they were not. Which immediately poses the question: 'if the Americans knew that the Germans were coming, why didn't they reinforce the troops on the weakly held Ardennes sector of the front line?' Why indeed! What is certain is that ever since the end if the Second World War the guardians of the files relating to the Battle of the Bulge in the United States have been most unwilling to permit any examination therof - this is spite of the Freedom of Information Act. So the author raises yet another question: 'Was somebody tryining to cover somethingup and if so why?' On the basis of such information as he has been able to cull from those, as yet unsorted, files and on information provided by the numerous survivors of the battle with whom he has been in contact, Charles Whiting attempts to answer these questions, and in so doing suggests that, if and when all the information relating to the Battle of the Bulge is made available, a serious reappraisal of that brief but bloody campaign, in which thousands of young American soldiers lost their lives at a time when many regarded the war as virtually won, may be required. Selling Points * 60th Anniversary of Battle of the Bulge December 2004 - January 2005 * Key Battle of World War Two Charles Whiting is a prolific Military Historian having had over 200 titles published over the years. Whilst having written titles on many aspects of World War Two, he is a specailist on the Battle of the Bulge
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