Alamo in the Ardennes: The Untold Story of the American Soldiers Who Made the Defense of Bastogne

Alamo in the Ardennes: The Untold Story of the American Soldiers Who Made the Defense of Bastogne

Genre: History
ASIN: 0471739057

Will become one of the classics of the literature of World War II combat. (Thomas Fleming, author of The New Dealers' War)
—Thomas Fleming
Comprehensive and vivid...John C. McManus has taken a great old story and made it new again. (Rick Atkinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of An Army at Dawn)
—Rick Atkinson

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About the Book

In December 1944, the 101st Airborne made their legendary stand at Bastogne. But their heroics never could have happened if not for the unsung efforts of others.

This is the powerful yet little-known story of the bloody delaying action fought by the 28th Infantry Division, elements of the 9th and 10th Armored Divisions, and other, smaller units. Outnumbered and outgunned, they made the Germans pay for every icy inch of ground they gained. It was their gallant efforts that allowed the 101st Airborne to reach and fully occupy Bastogne and prepare for the ferocious attack to come.

Featuring numerous helpful maps and a complete list of the soldiers, local civilians, and German commanders whose actions it recounts, Alamo in the Ardennes provides a compelling, day-by-day account of this pivotal moment in America’s greatest war.

About the Author
John C. McManus

John C. McManus earned a PhD in American and Military History from the University of Tennessee, where he served as Assistant Director of the Center for the Study of War and Society and was a Normandy Scholar. As a leading authority on the Normandy invasion, he holds a Cantigny First Division Museum Fellowship. He is currently a full professor of U.S. Military History at Missouri University of Science and Technology, where he teaches a variety of courses, including one on World War II and another on the Modern American Combat Experience. He also serves as the official historian for the United States Army’s Seventh Infantry Regiment.

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