Friday, January 30, 2015

How Faith and Determination Won the Battle of the Bulge

By Christmas 1944, the Allies hoped and believed that Hitler was beaten, and the war would soon be over. Then in a surprise attack in the Ardennes, Hitler amassed a large force with the intention to move through to Antwerp and cut the Allies off from their main supply lines. The Allies were unprepared, but the 101st and 82nd Airborne Corps were close by and were
immediately ordered to the area to stop the advance. The heart of the battle took place around the little town of Bastogne.

Corsi recounts the battle at Bastogne that was the final turning point in the war. The Americans were rushed to the area without complete provisions, or winter clothing. However, they were determined and had faith that they would hold the line. This is best illustrated by General McAuliffe's, quote. When asked to surrender, he sent back the answer, “Nuts.”

This is a well researched book that is accessible to the average reader. I liked the inclusion of quotes and stories from the men who fought the battle and later reported on their impressions. These glimpses of the battle from a personal point of view made it come alive for me.

I highly recommend this book if you enjoy history, or if you have heard about the Battle of the Bulge and want to know more about it.


I reviewed this book for BookLook Bloggers.