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It was the greatest single battle the US Army ever fought. More than a million GIs were involved and nearly 80,000 became casualties. The Allied generals had to rally beaten, dispirited troops in the face of an attack they had never dreamed possible. A study in command, from generals to squad leaders, The Bitter Woods follows von Rundstedt, Dietrich, and of course Hitler, as closely as the Americans. As son of the supreme commander Dwight D Eisenhower, a West Point graduate, a retired Army brigadier general, and a military historian, John Eisenhower is uniquely qualified to tell how the Allied generals (nearly all of whom he knew personally) met Hitler’s challenge; how the two armies fought fiercely in the Ardennes from December 1944 to January 1945; and how the Allied victory broke the back of Nazi aggression.

"[This] classic work recaptures the triumph of American arms in the Ardennes, with all its agony and glory.… Some of the finest parts of this book are the accounts of ordinary GIs and junior officers performing feats of arms that no one had thought possible.… Like his father, John Eisenhower knows how to get to the heart of the matter. The Bitter Woods will be read so long as the Republic lasts." - Stephen E Ambrose, from his introduction

"John SD. Eisenhower writes with power. His imagination flames and his prose flows. His first work leaves no doubt that he is a military historian born." - SLA Marshall, Life

"A powerful narrative that is authoritative, accurate, and instructive … an outstanding work." - Robert Leckie, Saturday Review

  • AUTHOR: Eisenhower, J
  • FORMAT: 506pp 30 Bw 234x156 Pb
  • Code: 15706

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