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eBook The Other Battle of the Bulge: Operation Northwind (The Spellmount Siegfried Line Series) download ISBN: 1862273995
Author: Charles Whiting
Publisher: The History Press; American ed. edition (October 1, 2008)
Language: English
Pages: 232
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Charles Whiting's books are eminently readable and this is no exception. This book is about the second Battle of the Bulge, a more significant battle. The Americans knew the German attack was coming.

Charles Whiting's books are eminently readable and this is no exception. A regrettably forgotten battle on the western front, the Other Battle of the Bulge should be studied and recognized. Whiting's book sheds light on this battle and his easy-to-read style makes it a joy to read - he provides facts without veering into encyclopedic dryness. The relatively green US Seventh Army faced a surprise assault.

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Operation Northwind, planned by the Fuhrer himself, hurled eight German divisions, three of them . The Other Battle of the Bulge: Operation Northwind. com User, February 12, 2003. By New Year's Eve 1944 the German Army seemed to be finished but the Wehrmact had one last surprise, Operation Nordwind. Hitler personlly planned this great offensive to help turn the tide against the allies and divert pressure from the bulge. 8 German Divisions smashed against the thinly held American lines in Alsace- Lorraine in France.

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The goal of the offensive was to break through the lines of the . Seventh Army and French 1st Army in the Upper Vosges mountains and the Alsatian Plain, and destroy them, as well as the seizure of Strasbourg, which Himmler had promised would be captured by 30 January. World War II series, reports Seventh Army hospitals processing about 9,000 wounded and 17,000 "sick and injured" during the period.

Operation Northwind was the little-known second Battle of the Bulge, which cost the Americans and their French . Quick moving and action-packed, this book sees the events through the eyes of the soldiers who were 'at the sharp end', and fills a major gap in the history of World War II.

Operation Northwind was the little-known second Battle of the Bulge, which cost the Americans and their French comrades-in-arms nearly as many casualties and almost detroyed the Alliance. It was planned by the Fuhrer himself, which hurled eight German divisions, three of them SS, against the thinly-held American line in the Alsace-Lorraine region. Although the US High Command was forewarned by 'Ultra' from Bletchley, the German pressure was just too much. Impression.

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Informationen zum Titel The Other Battle of the Bulge von Charles Whiting aus der Reihe Spellmount Siegfried Line Series The story of Operation Northwind, Hitler's surprise attempt to smash the German's way through Alsace Lorraine in January 1945, seen through the eyes of the young men who were at the sharp end. Few except those who fought it know anything about a second Battle of the Bulge, which cost the Americans and their French comrades-in-arms nearly as many casualties and almost destroyed the alliance.

Operation Northwind, planned by the Führer himself, hurled eight German divisions, three of them . against the thinly held American line in the Alsace-Lorraine region. Few except those who fought it know anything about this second Battle of the Bulge, which cost the Americans and their French comrades-in-arms nearly as many casualties and almost destroyed the alliance.

The story of Operation Northwind, Hitler's surprise attempt to smash the German's way through Alsace Lorraine in January 1945, seen through the eyes of the young men who were "at the sharp end." Few except those who fought it know anything about a second Battle of the Bulge, which cost the Americans and their French comrades-in-arms nearly as many casualties and almost destroyed the alliance. Operation Northwind, planned by the Fuhrer himself, hurled eight German divisions, three of them SS, against the thinly held American line in the Alsace-Lorraine region. Although the U.S. High Command was forewarned by "Ultra" from Bletchley, the Americans were forced to retreat. Eisenhower commanded that Strasbourg, which held a special place in both French and German hearts, should be evacuated but De Gaulle protested. For a few days, while American troops fought for their lives in the snow-bound hills of Alsace-Lorraine, it looked as if the Franco-American alliance might be broken apart and France thrown into something akin to revolution.
Comments: (7)
YSOP
Reading the other posts about this book compels me to say a few things about the author. Charles Whiting is a popular, readable and prolific writer of WWII stories, but he is not a historian in any way, shape or form. If you have read more than one of his books you will recognize the following:
1) lack of any kind of endnotes and few footnotes: where is this material coming from?
2) quotes from interviews with the author, which are not in any way anotated at the end of the book
3) praise of the common US soldier but uniformly harsh criticism of all senior U.S. leadership, especially Eisenhower
4) comparisons with Vietnam which, while occasionally interesting (he points out that William Westmorland fought in the Huertgen Forest without learning its lessons) usually border on the ridiculous
5) plagarism from his own works, including entire chapters, some of which have not even been re-written, but simply included whole in different books
6) where are the @&*#&! maps?
This book, like his "Ardennes: The Secret War" posits that Operation Nordwind was a bigger threat than the Battle of the Bulge to the Allies because it nearly defeated the Alliance politically at a time when they had already won the war militarily. It is an interesting conjecture, but it is tainted by the half-hidden glee that Whiting seems to feel over any disaster involving American troops and particularly their leadership. Everything he writes is written through that distoring lens. In any endeavour, if you want to find fault, you will, and in war this is particularly easy. Eisenhower was an armchair warrior and a true mediocrity as a strategist, but he was a superb military politician, maybe the only man who could have kept such a contentious alliance together until final victory. He deserves credit for holding it all together.
I have read five of Whiting's books and found most of them to be very entertaining, especially because he tends to focus on American disasters which naturally have not gotten much press since the war, and thus have not been written about extensively. He puts books together like a novel, and is far from a 'dry' writer. But his scholarship would not have met the standards of my high school history teacher, much less those of a true historian. He seems to write about what interest him only, is careless with his statistics and dates, includes facts that suit his opinions, states his opinions as facts, and constantly recycles his own material. You could probably file his books under 'historical fiction' before you could file them under 'history.'
Meztihn
Charles Whiting's books are eminently readable and this is no exception. A regrettably forgotten battle on the western front, the Other Battle of the Bulge should be studied and recognized. Whiting's book sheds light on this battle and his easy-to-read style makes it a joy to read - he provides facts without veering into encyclopedic dryness. Too bad it's out of print!
Stoneshaper
While this book was one of several sources used to track down my father's WWII service, I would give the author himself five stars, for this and the his other detailed writings.
catterpillar
A detailed account of the Northwind battle. Not well known but significant. It gave details down to the battalion level and helped me track the movements of my uncle who was in one of the units involved. Thank you
Insanity
Excellent.
Gralsa
The Other Battle of the Bulge

Charles Whiting is a military historian whose books have sold in the millions. This book is about “Operation Northwinds” where eight German divisions attacked the thin French and American lines in Alsace-Lorraine. Eisenhower ordered a retreat from Strasbourg. The 198 pages has four parts, an ‘Introduction’ , ‘Epilogue’, ‘Source Notes’, and ‘Index’. This book is dedicated to those who took part in the battle and those who never returned. The Battle of the Bulge was the major battle of the Second World War. This book is about the second Battle of the Bulge, a more significant battle. The Americans knew the German attack was coming. The relatively green US Seventh Army faced a surprise assault. “A Call to Arms” discusses the meeting of the Top Brass on 12-14-1944 to react to the German attack. Patton was given six divisions for a counter-attack.

There were events where prisoners were shot in Italy (p.14)! They were warned about the attack but were out-matched. It came in the early hours on January 1. Censorship covered up the losses (p.34). The Germans often showed a white flag to fool American soldiers (p.60). The German threat led to a request to Stalin to attack on the Eastern front (p.95). This was done (p.97). There was a vicious attack on January 11 (p.113). The Third Battalion was cut off and destroyed (p.114). A dozen Sherman tanks were captured in heavy fighting (p.118). The wounded could not be evacuated, medical supplies could not be brought in (p.119). The fighting was vicious (p.120). Was it “French national pride” to defend Strasbourg (p.123)? They retreated to the new line at the River Moder. US troops were added to the French First Army (p.133).

The problem of desertion was answered by publicizing the Malmédy massacre and shooting one deserter (p.140). The bad weather negated the Allies’ superiority in armor and airplanes (p.147). It was the coldest winter within memory. The Allied attack met strong resistance. Lieutenant Audie Murphy held off hundreds of German troops and was awarded many decorations (p.152). The Germans started their retreat in early February (p.167). The Battle of the Colmar Pocket was over, the war would continue in Germany. The ‘Epilogue’ says the dead American soldiers are long forgotten forty years later (p.178). [How many remember the help from the French during out War for Independence?] In 1945 Leclerc went to Saigon to rule. Then the Viet-Minh began their war for independence. After Eisenhower became President he sent aid to the French (p.180). This was followed by US military involvement.

This is a well-written book that reads like a good novel - you can’t put it down. It does seem to skimp on details; better maps could illustrate the details. The ‘Introduction’ says General MacAauliffe’s reply was not “Nuts” but “something much cruder”. While they knew of the attack in advance they had to support the attack in the Bulge. As Wellington said of another battle, “it was a damn near thing”. Another book said this attack lost the war as German troops left their well-defended positions.