By Edward G. Miller
In overdue 1944, American forces complicated into the hilly, seriously wooded Hürtgen wooded area southeast of Aachen, Germany. For weeks, and not using a simple reason behind attacking throughout the wooded area, U.S. commanders however ordered devices of as many as seven divisions into the woods to be chewed up by way of German infantry and artillery. Small devices, bring to a halt by means of the rugged terrain and timber, not able to hire tanks or artillery successfully, fought entrenched and camouflaged Germans within the woods and villages of the quarter. The troops have been uncovered to rain, sleet, and freezing temperatures with out right iciness 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 in a position to holiday via after one of many bloodiest and, for the U.S. military, such a lot disastrous campaigns of worldwide battle II.
For a long time after the battle the entire quantity of the catastrophe used to be now not renowned outdoor military circles. ultimately the tale of the crusade unfold, however it remained overshadowed through the celebrity of the Bulge. purely within the final decade have army historians all started to examine the struggling with within the Hürtgen Forest.
The ebook 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 is predicated on govt files, a wealthy collection 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 heritage of the bigger command levels.
The book's foreword is through 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