Book review: Ardennes 1944

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16 January 2019
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The latest in the Casemate Illustrated series turns to the last great German offensive of the war.

 

Author: YVES BUFFETAUT

Reviewed by: Duncan Evans 

 

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The latest in the Casemate Illustrated series turns to the last great German offensive of the war. Rather than being an exhaustive account it instead concentrates on key issues and battles and intersperses this with profiles of leaders and equipment. All of this is presented on high quality paper.

 

The emphasis on looking for the flaws and mistakes in the German side does reveal the deficiencies in the forces they deployed, whereas usually it’s the terrain and road network that receives more attention. The American response though is much trumpeted, as Eisenhower deftly organised army units to stop the German advance. War crimes get three mentions, with Malmedy of course, as well as the Belgian civilians and black GIs. American retaliatory atrocities are given a cursory mention.

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While little here is new it is an entertaining and highly illustrated look at the battle.

 

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• Casemate Illustrated

• 130 pages • Softback • £19.99

 

As reviewed in The Armourer January 2019

 

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