A Dark and Bloody Ground: The Hurtgen Forest and the Roer by Edward G. Miller PDF

By Edward G. Miller

ISBN-10: 0890966265

ISBN-13: 9780890966266

ISBN-10: 1585442585

ISBN-13: 9781585442584

A successful American military, having pushed via Belgium virtually unopposed, ran head-on into German squaddies on their lonesome domestic floor, in the most rugged state in western Germany—and first and foremost of the worst fall and iciness climate in decades.

In past due 1944, American forces complicated into the hilly, seriously wooded Hürtgen woodland southeast of Aachen, Germany. For weeks, with out a simple reason behind attacking during the wooded area, U.S. commanders however ordered devices of as many as seven divisions into the woods to be chewed up via German infantry and artillery. Small devices, bring to an end by means of the rugged terrain and timber, not able to hire tanks or artillery successfully, fought entrenched and camouflaged Germans within the woods and villages of the area. The troops have been uncovered to rain, sleet, and freezing temperatures with no right wintry weather garments. Many businesses suffered large numbers of casualties.

The conflict of the Bulge interrupted the Hürtgen wooded area battles yet didn't finish them. The Bulge supplied a hiatus for the wartorn geographical region round the wooded area and the Roer River dams. Then, starting in January, 1945, American forces resumed their offensive and have been ultimately in a position to holiday via after one of many bloodiest and, for the U.S. military, such a lot disastrous campaigns of global battle II.

For a long time after the warfare the whole volume of the catastrophe used to be now not popular outdoor military circles. finally the tale of the crusade unfold, however it remained overshadowed through the celebrity of the Bulge. in basic terms within the final decade have army historians started to examine the scuffling with within the Hürtgen Forest.

The e-book examines uncertainty of command on the military, corps, and department degrees and emphasizes the confusion and worry of flooring strive against on the point of corporation and battalion—"where they do the dying." Its gripping description of the conflict relies on govt documents, a wealthy choice of first-person money owed from veterans of either side, and writer Edward G. Miller's visits to the battlefield. the result's a compelling and complete account of small-unit motion set opposed to the heritage of the bigger command levels.

The book's foreword is via retired Maj. Gen. R. W. Hogan, who was once a battalion commander within the forest.

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