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The Other Battle of the Bulge: Operation Northwind [Paperback]

Charles Whiting
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April 1992
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.
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Whiting convincingly argues that Hitler's winter 1944-45 offensive aimed at Alsace-Lorraine was more significant than the Ardennes "Bulge" because it threatened to break the Western alliance and cast France into anarchy. Photos.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Charles Whiting is Britain's most prolific military writer with over 250 books to his credit. He saw active service in the Second World War, serving in an armoured reconnaissance regiment attached to both the U.S. and British armies. He is therefore able to write with the insight and authority of someone who, as a combat soldier, actually experienced the horrors of World War II.
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In the battle of Hatten and Rittershoffen over 5000 German and American soldiers were killed wounded or missing. Over 100 destroyed tanks of both sides littered the battlefield within and surrounding the utterly pulverized villages on the
Northern Alsatian Plain along the upper Rhine River during the 12 day tank-infantry battle. This battle between the U.S 14th Armored,79th Infantry
and 42nd Infantry Divisions and the German 21st Panzer, 25th Panzer Grenadier, 7th Parachute, and 47th Volks Grenadier Divisions should be the subject of exhaustive research because its received little attention from historians thus far. Dan Kneeland Grafton, Ma.
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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. Although seemingly small in scale compared to other great German offensives (42 Divisions invaded Poland, 136 France, 150 Russia, 65 Operation Blau culminating in Stalingrad, 36 OP: Zitadelle "battle of Kursk", 22 Autumn Mist "battle of the bulge") in the war. This offensive was actually one of the most important in WWII. Finally this important struggle gets its due. The Americans were forced to retreat under the onslaught. This book captures the political pressure by the French on the Americans to resist the invasion and save their country once more. The alliance nearly fragmented under the weight of the German assault as the Allies argue how best to stop the devastating offensive. The author does a masterfull job of capturing the battle from the big picture to the small details. The outcome was far from certain and the Americans were hard pressed to meet this German threat. The author also successfully argues that this battle was more important than the bulge because of the political pressures that nearly ended allied relations. But the Americans rise to the occasion and defeat Operation Nordwind and save the Franco-American alliance in the process. The US 7th Army and 1st French Army battle the Nazi's and knock them out of France once and for all. A month after the battle began the offensive had been stopped at a great cost. 16,000 Americans gave their lives and 32,000 French also perished defending their country. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A solid, serious, sober account July 8 2002
Format:Hardcover
Volume 7 of the very impressive Casemate "West Wall" series, The Other Battle Of The Bulge: Operation Northwind by World War II military expert and author Charles Whiting is a serious, informed and informative examination of an often neglected yet crucial struggle that took place during the closing days of World War II European Theatre. It was called Operation Northwind, and planned by Hitler personally to attack the American line of the Alsace-Lorraine region with eight German divisions (three of them elite SS), and thereby forcing the Americans to retreat. For a time, it seemed the Franco-American alliance would be broken under the impact of the German assault, and the ultimate triumph of the Allies came only at a heavy cost in blood and lives. A solid, serious, sober account, The Other Battle Of The Bulge is very highly recommended reading for the military buff, and an indispensable addition to Military History reference collections.
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