From The Bestselling Author Of Stalingrad, Berlin And D Day, Antony Beevor S Ardennes 1944 Hitler S Last Gamble Tells The Story Of The German S Ill Fated Final Stand.On 16 December, 1944, Hitler Launched His Last Gamble In The Snow Covered Forests And Gorges Of The Ardennes He Believed He Could Split The Allies By Driving All The Way To Antwerp, Then Force The Canadians And The British Out Of The War Although His Generals Were Doubtful Of Success, Younger Officers And NCOs Were Desperate To Believe That Their Homes And Families Could Be Saved From The Vengeful Red Army Approaching From The East Many Were Exultant At The Prospect Of Striking Back The Ardennes Offensive, With Than A Million Men Involved, Became The Greatest Battle Of The War In Western Europe American Troops, Taken By Surprise, Found Themselves Fighting Two Panzer Armies Belgian Civilians Fled, Justifiably Afraid Of German Revenge Panic Spread Even To Paris While Many American Soldiers Fled Or Surrendered, Others Held On Heroically, Creating Breakwaters Which Slowed The German Advance The Harsh Winter Conditions And The Savagery Of The Battle Became Comparable To The Eastern Front And After Massacres By The Waffen SS, Even American Generals Approved When Their Men Shot Down Surrendering Germans The Ardennes Was The Battle Which Finally Broke The Back Of The Wehrmacht Revealing, Profound And Thoroughly Unputdownable, Stalingrad Is An Extraordinary Achievement Which Transcends Its Genre Vitali Vitaliev, Daily Telegraphon Stalingrad This Brilliant Storyteller Makes Us Feel The Chaos And The Fear As If Every Drop Of Blood Was Our Own That Is His Gift It Is Much Than Just A Humane Account It Is Compellingly Readable, Deeply Researched And Beautifully Written Simon Sebag Montefiore, Spectatoron Berlin This Is A Terrific, Inspiring, Heart Breaking Book It Makes The Argument All Over Again That The World Would Be An Infinitely Better Place If It Didn T Keep Producing Subject Matter For Military Historians But As Long As It Does, We Can Rejoice That At The Top Of That Profession Is Antony Beevor Sam Leith, Daily Mailon D Day His Book Is The Definitive History This Is World War II As Tolstoy Would Have Described It The Great And The Small Gerard DeGroot, Washington Poston The Second World War Antony Beevor Is The Renowned Author Of Stalingrad, Which Won The Samuel Johnson Prize, The Wolfson Prize For History And The Hawthornden Prize For Literature, And Berlin, Which Received The First Longman History Today Trustees Award His Books Have Appeared In Thirty Foreign Editions And Sold Over Six Million Copies.
Antony James Beevor is a British historian who was educated at Winchester College and Sandhurst He studied under the famous historian of World War II, John Keegan Beevor is a former officer with the 11th Hussars who served in England and Germany for five years before resigning his commission He has published several popular histories on the Second World War and the 20th century in general.
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- Ardennes 1944: Hitler's Last Gamble
- Antony Beevor
- 14 April 2019 Antony Beevor