In he decided to continue his academic career firstly with a teacher training course at the famous Berlitz Language School, and secondly with a degree course in European History at the ULB University in Brussels, where he also began studying military history. In he was offered a position at Antwerp University. Later he was joined by co-author Michael Collins who assisted in this project. His voluntary work with veterans and the tracing the individual histories of veterans has been a labor of love for almost 20 years. He speaks fluent German, Dutch, Italian and French.
Frequently in demand as a public speaker he has lectured at many British and US military bases throughout the world. His activities came to the attention of some major military documentary makers in Hollywood. Friday 15 December 2. Saturday 16 December 3. Sunday 17 December 4. Monday 18 December 5. Tuesday 19 December 6. Wednesday 20 December 7.
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Thursday 21 December 8. Friday 22 December 9. Saturday 23 December Sunday 24 December Monday 25 December Tuesday 26 December Wednesday 27 December Thursday 28 December See All Customer Reviews. I also hadn't realised that the defenders held quite a sizable pocket outside Bastogne - my mental image was of urban warfare, but a lot of the hard fighting took part in the countryside outside the city the pocket was still small enough to mean that all of it was within the range of German artillery.
The text is full of nice little touches that broadened my picture of the battle. The surprise nature of the attack is best indicated by the Christmas decorations in the streets of Bastogne - the citizens believed that they had been liberated and the war had permanently passed to their east. The notorious fog that aided the German attack and kept Allied airpower out of the way for several days also had a negative impact on the attackers, and sometimes prevented the Germans from realising how many troops they were attacking.
It is a tribute to the defenders of Bastogne that after the Germans cut off the city they made very little more progress - the day-by-day maps showing the perimeter line show a few minor incursions, but no sizable German advances. This is a superb detailed account of a less familiar aspect of a famous battle, often providing platoon by platoon and day-by-day details of the role played by the men of the US 10th Armored Division in the defensive of Bastogne, and thus in the wider Allied victory in the Battle of the Bulge.
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Walter Lepinski, who is interviewed several times, is a close friend's Uncle. The daily struggles day to day of these brave men is laid out in such a way that it takes you into the battles as well as the struggles again the cold, lack of food, ammo, gas and war My wife's Uncle was also in the Armored division at Bastogne and had told me many of the same stories I read in this book. The daily struggles day to day of these brave men is laid out in such a way that it takes you into the battles as well as the struggles again the cold, lack of food, ammo, gas and warm clothes.
Add to the mix the fact that the Germans only goal was to crush the Americans in front of them. We all know how it ended but the hell that they went through and the bravery of the men who stood in their way. Read this bit of history. Feb 19, Barry rated it liked it. Combat Command B of the 10th Armored Division was right there in Bastogne with the st Airborne yet got little recognition at the time.
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This is a day-by-day retelling of the events through some of those who fought there. Compelling story of grit and bravery in the face of some of the worst weather and heaviest fighting on the front in the Battle of the Bulge. Great book. Jan 12, Brian Rhodes rated it really liked it. Excellent amount of the Battle of the Bulge from the perspective of the armored units in the area. Have a map handy as it helps to keep track of what's going on where. Jun 12, Ron rated it liked it Shelves: history , non-fiction , world-war-2 , netgalley.
The tale is told in largely in the words of the veterans that the authors had interviewed supplemented by unit after-action reports and citations for medals earned during the fight. The authors provided a framing chapter that provided background on the 10th Armored and introduced some of the veterans. The heart of the book is the day by day description of events beginning with December 15th and lasting to December 28th. A final chapter provides a brief summary of the part played by the 10th Armored in the rest of World War II.
Michael Collins and Martin King have done Battle of the Bulge aficionados a great service by highlighting the role played by the 10th Armored in defending Bastogne with the st Airborne especially using the voices of the veterans. However, there are issues of fact checking mislabeling Panthers as Mark IV's for example and proofreading using fair instead of fare when referring to food in the framing portions written by the authors that should have been caught.
Non-aficionados will not grasp the full significance of this tale as the authors present the fight for Bastogne in isolation without relating it to the whole Battle of the Bulge campaign. Also novices to the battle will be disconcerted regarding the disjointedness of the tale as one brief portion of a fire-fight is given, then there is a quick switch to another location with a different veteran with very little connection provided. The maps provided are helpful, but few. Overall, despite the short-comings listed, Michael Collins and Martin King are to be greatly commended for writing this book and letting the readers in on a little heard story.
Sep 28, Mike Kershaw rated it liked it. This book describes the role of the 10th Armored Division during the Battle of the Bulge and contributes to the story of the defense of Bastogne in particular. Based largely on first person accounts, the book describes in particular the movement of the division from France to the southern flank of the breakthrough as well as CCB's role in the defense of Bastogne -- key to preventing an early German seizure of the important crossroads and allowing for the st to deploy in it's defense.
This emp This book describes the role of the 10th Armored Division during the Battle of the Bulge and contributes to the story of the defense of Bastogne in particular. This emphasis on mobility allowed the American Army to react rapidly to the German breakthrough and the flexibility of the formations invovled is rarely acknowledged.
Like many accounts based on first person interviews, it spends too much time debunking the fact that CCB's role in the defense of Bastogne was overshadowed by the st -- while this may have been a big issue for these veterans at the time, even a cursory study of the battle -- including the st own divisional history, largely based on SLA Marshall's book, gives great detail on the role of not only the two armored combat commands CCB, 10th AD and CCR, 9th AD but also the field artillery, engineer, tank destroyer battalions and stragglers that were integrated into the defense.
The strength of this book is in demonstrating the great mobility of a veteran American formation and its role in securing this key road junction in order to allow for the deployment of a unit with the staying power of the st -- critical in blunting the advance of the 5th Panzer Army, which would make the deepest German penetration of the counteroffensive.
It highlights the initial frictions of tank-infantry cooperation and how these formations adapted their tactics to contend with multiple German attacks across the perimeter. If you are interested in the role of armor during the Battle of Bastogne, then this would a great book. Sep 23, Janet rated it really liked it Shelves: advanced-read-edition. It is the tale of the actions of the 10th Armored Division at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. It was so well researched and beautifully written that I will gladly be gifting a copy to the WWII history buffs in my family, and I know it will be graned a permanent place in their libraries.
Outnumbered and without adequate cold weather gear, food, and ammunition, the 10th Armored would eventually be supported by the st Airborne Division who have received most of the credit for holding Bastogne. Collins and Mr. King successfully shed the light on the 1oth AD and give credit where credit is due. They detail the battle, day by day, using records, reports, maps, and first-hand accounts from soldiers who fought.
They attempt to separate fact from fiction media hype and do so in a manner that engages as well as informs. I rated the book 4 stars because it is so well written and researched. I would have gone to 5 stars if the authors hadn't made assumptions regarding their reader's knowledge base. I think it is written for people who already have a good grasp on the lead up and aftermath of the battle, as well as it's place in history. Nov 19, Izzy Ismert rated it liked it.
Much attention regarding the US side of the battle of the Bulge is focused on the st Airborne and the 82nd Airborne. I agree with the author's thesis, that the role and importance of the 10th Armored Division has not been emphasized enough.
This book is an important contribution to that effort. However, as significant as the research and information published in this book is, the organization of the book is average at best. Perhaps this is due to scattered records and a diminishing group of l Much attention regarding the US side of the battle of the Bulge is focused on the st Airborne and the 82nd Airborne.
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Perhaps this is due to scattered records and a diminishing group of living participants. At times, it feels like one is just reading citation after citation of soldiers decorated actions. What is lacking is more context and more maps would also be helpful. Sadly, a shockingly poor job of editing is seen as almost every other page even the jacket of the book has a mis-used or mis-spelled word or other typos that distract from the reading experience and cast doubts of the scholarly level of the research.
Nov 30, Marc rated it liked it Shelves: armored-warfare , battle-of-the-bulge.