Possible writing in margins, possible underlining and highlighting of text, but no missing pages or anything that would compromise the legibility or understanding of the text. I really enjoyed reading this book, the author really did a good job tying their stories together. The disease-ridden passivity of the Stalags, the morbid irony of being straffed in a French 40-and-8 car by American Jabos and the apocalyptic aftermath of destruction they witness in Koblenz before the company rails into Dresden in time for the inferno that inspired Vonnegut to write his surreal anti-war classic. Alex Kershaw brings to life the story of America's most decorated small unit of the war, and one of the most inspiring stories in American history. This four-week class is for those who have some basic ukulele skills and want to take it further. The E-mail message field is required.
It is a great stop on your visit to Belgium and makes you proud to be an American. Unfortunately for Bouck and his men they considered their actions at Lanzerath a failure because they surrendered. I was particularly interested in this book because my father fought in this battle. It is a thrilling read and I often lost track of time while reading it. He vividly depicts the battlefield heroism and subsequent survival of these valiant American troops. In 1981 it paid off when the men who fought at Lanzerath finally were recognized for their achievement. They met what was Hitler's last great secret all out, do or die effort to defeat the Allies in the west, which became to be known as the Battle of the Bulge.
For whatever reason, all of them survived the fighting and the prison camps they were sent to. Title from: Title details screen. To me the grunts, the nameless men out there fighting the battles of the generals and political leaders are the true heroes. I found the book to be very moving and emotional. The way the men are portrayed though is almost as caricatures. That being said, the story itself is incredible.
First of all I should say that I don't know about everyone else but when I was learning about the battle of the bulge in my history classes, it was just mentioned in passing, so I didn't know a lot of the places and people that they talk about. Four received the Distinguished Service Cross, five the Silver Star, and nine got the Bronze Star with V device for their 10-hour struggle. Study intensively the actions, attitudes and personas of each one of its members, and then follow them to their fate at the war's end. The platoon seriously disrupted the entire German Sixth Panzer Army's schedule of attack along the northern edge of the offensive. All of the members of the platoon that were engaged in the battle miraculously survived, although a number of them were wounded, two very seriously.
My only complaint is the book follows so many stories and does not spend as much time as I would have liked on each of the threads. The German suddenly pulled the trigger. They dug into the iron-hard ground near the German frontier in bitter December weather, only to suddenly find themselves fighting for their lives when the final German blitzkrieg erupted out of the Ardennes Forest in front of them. The army was then able to regroup and initiate the counterattack that eventually resulted in victory. Their focus sometimes seems to be that if this unit would have been allowed more freedom, men, equipment, etc.
I did not get into much detail before. Shows that valor comes in many forms. Their focus sometimes seems to be that if this unit would have been allowed more freedom, men, equipment, etc. It turned out to be anything but. But instead, the heroic and amazing story of this small group of men who fought off the Germans and helped change the course of the war.
Under attack and vastly outnumbered, they repulse three German assaults in a fierce day long battle, killing over five hundred Germans. As the officer who commanded them later explained, if they had been older and wiser they would have run, but they were young and thought they had to obey orders. Only when Bouck's men run out of ammunition do they surrender. It is not dry or boring to read and flows well. Under attack and vastly outnumbered, they repulse three German assaults in a fierce day long battle, killing over five hundred Germans. Hitler had launched his On a cold morning in December, 1944, deep in the Ardennes forest, a platoon of eighteen men under the command of twenty-year-old lieutenant Lyle Bouck were huddled in their foxholes trying desperately to keep warm.
The Longest Winter is an intensely human story about young men who find themselves in frightening wartime situations, who fight back instinctively, survive stoically, and live heroically. December 1944: Deep in the Ardennes forest, a platoon of eighteen men under the command of twenty year old lieutenant Lyle Bouck huddle in their foxholes. From their first training till the citations long after Great book. It was a more personal story for sure. On a cold morning in December, 1944, deep in the Ardennes forest, a platoon of eighteen men under the command of twenty-year-old lieutenant Lyle Bouck were huddled in their foxholes trying desperately to keep warm.
They suffered some bad injuries prior to being captured, but none of them were killed. I always love a good hero story and this book feat This was a really incredible read. Only when they had run out of ammunition did they surrender to the enemy. The war is already basically lost but Hitler will not recognize this and is convinced that his army can surprise the Alli Don't be misled by the title. All eighteen survived imprisonment as. We are able to form a mental picture of the German Jew that zealously exchanged his Wehrmacht uniform for the U. I would recommend this book to older and experienced readers because of the blood and gore.