"Those Who Hold Bastogne" by Peter Schrijvers

Those Who Hold Bastogne The True Story of the Soldiers and Civilians Who Fought in the Biggest Battle of the Bulge Peter Schrijvers

Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
27 Oct 2015
ISBN:
9780300216141
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
328 pages: 197 x 127mm
Illustrations:
26 b/w illus.

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A new telling of the brutal siege of Bastogne, where vastly outnumbered American forces held off a savage German onslaught and sealed the fate of the Third Reich

Hitler’s last gamble, the Battle of the Bulge, was intended to push the Allied invaders of Normandy all the way back to the beaches. The plan nearly succeeded, and almost certainly would have, were it not for one small Belgian town and its tenacious American defenders who held back a tenfold larger German force while awaiting the arrival of General George Patton’s mighty Third Army.

In this dramatic account of the 1944–45 winter of war in Bastogne, historian Peter Schrijvers offers the first full story of the German assault on the strategically located town. From the December stampede of American 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 fighting even after the siege was broken, events at Bastogne hastened the long-awaited end of WWII. Schrijvers draws on diaries, memoirs, and other fresh sources to illuminate the experiences not only of Bastogne’s 3,000 citizens and their American defenders, but also of German soldiers and commanders desperate for victory. The costs of war are here made real, uncovered in the stories of those who perished and those who emerged from battle to find the world forever changed.

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Peter Schrijvers, a senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, is the author of five previous books on World War II.

"A fast-paced story. . . . Schrijvers does an admirable job of weaving personal accounts into the larger picture of Bastogne’s horrors."—Wall Street Journal

Five-starred review - Alex Kershaw, Goodreads

"An excellent account of the battle for Bastogne, both well-researched and well-written."—Antony Beevor

"Using fresh sources and deft writing, Peter Schrijvers develops a panoramic and compelling boots-on-the-ground illumination of one of the Bulge's most epic battles."—Patrick K. O'Donnell, author of Dog Company: The Boys of Pointe du Hoc - Rangers Who Accomplished D-Day's Toughest Mission and Led the Way Across Europe

"Well researched and written at a good pace, this is an excellent account of an epic and brutal struggle."—David Flintham, Military History