Battleground Special, a Tour of the Bulge Battlefields

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Originally published in 2001, and now updated by the author’s son, this is another outstanding battlefield guide from Pen & Sword. Battlefield guides are primarily intended to aid those making the pilgrimage to old battlefields, but they contain so much information they will achieve a very much wider readership. Lavishly illustrated throughout and featuring clear crisp text, this is essential reading for tourists and enthusiasts. Strongly Recommended.

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NAME: Battleground Special, a Tour of the Bulge Battlefields
FILE: R2305
AUTHOR: William C C Cavanagh, Karl Cavanagh
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 256
PRICE: £14.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Battle of the Bulge, Ardennes Offensive, Antwerp, Hitler’s last western offensive, SS war crimes, US General Patton, guest houses, battlefields, battle maps
ISBN: 1-47382-814-7
IMAGE: B2305.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: Originally published in 2001, and now updated by the author’s son, this is another outstanding battlefield guide from Pen & Sword. Battlefield guides are primarily intended to aid those making the pilgrimage to old battlefields, but they contain so much information they will achieve a very much wider readership. Lavishly illustrated throughout and featuring clear crisp text, this is essential reading for tourists and enthusiasts. Strongly Recommended.

Although the battles may have taken place many years earlier, battlefield guides do need to be updated because much can change with new roads and construction work. New information also emerges that requires the correction of previously accepted history. The revision of this guide has been thorough and the result is a book that gives advice on navigation, accommodation and essential locations. It additionally provides much information on the events, the people, the decorations and the cemeteries.

The Allied advance had been going well and the capture of the port of Antwerp was providing the supplies for the final push into Germany itself. Critical to the advance had been continuous air cover with ranks of ground attack aircraft circling and waiting for German targets. The weather changed and coincided with the planned German counter attack that comprised all the assets available to the Germans. This meant that Allied air-power was absent and the troops on the ground were entirely dependent on their own support weapons. Coupled with US formations of raw new troops, the Germans had every possible element in their favour. Just to add to the advantages, the fuel dumps close to the forward Allied troops solved one of the most difficult obstacles to the German armour. By rapid advance, and seizure of Allied fuel and supplies, the Germans would have the fuel they needed to reach Antwerp.

For Germany, this final large offensive was a desperate last throw that would only succeed if they could capture or destroy the Antwerp port facilities. Before they could break through and race for Antwerp, great bravery by US troops, a lot of Allied luck, and the clearing skies that restored the aerial artillery enabled the Allied lines to hold and then launch their own counter attack. Fighting was fierce and the Waffen SS once more committed atrocities.

Battlefield tours have been steadily gaining popularity, building on the success of the WWI battlefield tours. Veterans are now very few in number and the new tourists are children, grandchildren and even great grand children of the veterans.

This book is essential pre-reading before making a trip to the battlefields and an essential companion once there. Even those on organised guided tours will find the information very useful and it will increase the experience. For those who are now unable to make the journey, this is a very active dialogue that is almost as good as being there. The quality of the information is such that no self-respecting enthusiast or professional can afford not to have a copy in their personal library.

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