By Edward G. Miller
In past due 1944, American forces complex into the hilly, seriously wooded Hürtgen woodland southeast of Aachen, Germany. For weeks, with no straight forward cause of attacking during the woodland, U.S. commanders however ordered devices of as many as seven divisions into the woods to be chewed up by means of German infantry and artillery. Small devices, bring to a halt via the rugged terrain and bushes, not able to hire tanks or artillery successfully, fought entrenched and camouflaged Germans within the woods and villages of the area. The troops have been uncovered to rain, sleet, and freezing temperatures with no right wintry weather garments. Many businesses suffered large numbers of casualties.
The conflict of the Bulge interrupted the Hürtgen wooded area battles yet didn't finish them. The Bulge supplied a hiatus for the wartorn geographical region round the woodland and the Roer River dams. Then, starting in January, 1945, American forces resumed their offensive and have been ultimately capable of holiday via after one of many bloodiest and, for the U.S. military, such a lot disastrous campaigns of global battle II.
For decades after the battle the complete quantity of the catastrophe was once now not popular open air military circles. ultimately the tale of the crusade unfold, however it remained overshadowed by means of the celebrity of the Bulge. basically within the final decade have army historians all started to examine the struggling with within the Hürtgen Forest.
The e-book examines uncertainty of command on the military, corps, and department degrees and emphasizes the confusion and worry of floor strive against on the point of corporation and battalion"where they do the dying." Its gripping description of the conflict relies on executive documents, a wealthy number of first-person money owed from veterans of either side, and writer Edward G. Miller's visits to the battlefield. the result's a compelling and accomplished account of small-unit motion set opposed to the history of the bigger command levels.
The book's foreword is by means of retired Maj. Gen. R. W. Hogan, who used to be a battalion commander within the forest.
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A Dark and Bloody Ground: The Hurtgen Forest and the Roer River Dams, 1944-1945: The Hurtgen Forest and the Roer River Dams, 1941-1945 (Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series) by Edward G. Miller