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Battle Of The Bulge: Hitler's Ardennes Offensive, 1944-1945 Paperback – September 21, 1999

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About the Author

Danny S. Parker is a former research consultant to the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the Battle of the Bulge. He is the author of To Win the Winter Sky: The Air Way Over the Ardennes, and editor of The Battle of the Bulge: The German View and Hitler's Ardennes Offensive. He lives in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; New edition edition (September 21, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580970230
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580970235
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.5 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,259,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Danny S. Parker developed a keen interest in the history of the WWII at an early age. In 1991, he authored "Battle of the Bulge," an detailed campaign overview, followed in 1994 by "To Win the Winter Sky," an account of the last months of the air war. For twenty years, he has researched an in-depth biography of Jochen Peiper, an infamous German WWII personality. This effort spans over 200 interviews in the U.S. and Europe as well as many weeks at the U.S. National Archives and the Bundesarchiv in Germany. Unique information developed on the Malmedy massacre saw the publication of "Fatal Crossroads" in 2011. His biography of Peiper, "Hitler's Warrior," will be released in December 2014. The author is particularly interested in preserving the rich history of the Second World War and through it conveying insight into the human condition. His other interests span the gamut: low energy home design, invention and machines, Zen practice and good coffee. On Twitter: @DannySParker

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Finally available in soft cover. When it was first published in 1992, THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE: HITLER'S ARDENNES OFFENSIVE, 1944-1945, was truly the first new Battle of the Bulge book published since 1985 when Charles B. MacDonald released A TIME FOR TRUMPETS. The BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front) is that this is a fantastic book on the Ardennes campaign. This volume is the perfect compliment to a Battle of the Bulge historical library.

Danny S. Parker took a different route in assembling this book. Battle of the Bulge books, including those that are rushed to publication in advance of battle anniversary dates, tend to be a rehash of the same old material. Not so with Parker's book. Taking it one step further, Parker avoids using the same tired photographs that appear in most other books on the subject. A majority of the photos originate from combat motion picture stills. The photo captions alone offer superb photo analysis.

If you want data, this book has it. Parker's BATTLE OF THE BULGE debunks many of the myths about the battle. For example, very few King Tiger tanks were available for the battle. Additionally, it did not start snowing until midway through the offensive. All of this is backed up by meticulous research.

If you are a Battle of the Bulge historian, you should treat yourself to this book.
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Danny S. Parker's "Battle of the Bulge: Hitler's Ardennes Offensive, 1944-1945" is one of the best of the books out there on this, the last dying grasp of the German war machine at the heady days of 1940 in the West. Originally published in 1991, this 2004 edition includes several new additions (including new photos and reference materials) to bring this classic historiography into the present for the reader. Certainly "Battle of the Bulge" is deserving of the praise it has received, but why? Three reasons: outstanding research, expert organization, and stylish writing.

Outstanding Research: Parker did his homework for this one! Unlike so many who write military history, especially WWII history, with a provincial or nationalistic perspective, Parker tells the story from both sides of the "fence". Certainly the U.S. Army is front and center but given the make up of the victorious Allied forces this is not altogether unfair. Readers are treated to various aspects of Bulge history (see next section), not just prose dedicated to combat, but order of battle information for both Allied and German forces, summaries of weapons utilized, views from the top during planning phases, execution and response, and erasure of the Bulge (again from both sides). Moreover, Parker has provided a number of fabulous photographs, many in the "then-and-now" vein.

Expert Organization: Although Parker covers a lot of diverse material related to the Battle of the Bulge (from combat to logistics and post-war museums and battle games), he (and/or his editor) organizes his story in such a way that readers are unlikely to become bored even if not interested in all the individual components.
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Historian Danny Parker provides a highly readable and scholarly account of Hitler's last offensive in the west, December 1944. Using primary sources and personal interviews, Danny captures the battle like no other author. The book is packed with text, photos, and maps. There are pearls from the battle the reader will delightfully come across that are not found in other accounts. For example, the author address the "Myth and Mystery" surrounding the presence of the infamous German Tiger Tanks in previous historical literature - where they were and with whom they served. Individual chapters discuss the effects of weather, influence of terrain, and differences in weaponry. He appropriately pauses at critical points to analyze the progress of the battle from both the Allied and German perspectives. In addition to a complete order of battle, the book provides a chronological listing of reinforcements committed to the Ardennes. This is a book easily appreciated by both the casual reader and the serious historian. My personal copy is highlighted and annotated. This book belongs in every military history library. If you buy only one book on the Bulge, this is the one to own.
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Historian and Game Designer Danny Parker provides a highly readable and scholarly account of Hitler's last offensive in the west, December 1944. Using primary sources and personal interviews, Danny captures the battle like no other author. The book is packed with text, photos, and maps. There are pearls from the battle the reader will delightfully come across that are not found in other accounts. For example, the author address the "Myth and Mystery" surrounding the presence of the infamous German Tiger Tanks in previous historical literature - where they were and with whom they served. Individual chapters discuss the effects of weather, influence of terrain, and differences in weaponry. He appropriately pauses at critical points to analyze the progress of the battle from both the Allied and German perspectives. In addition to a complete order of battle, the book provides a chronological listing of reinforcements committed to the Ardennes. This is a book easily appreciated by both the casual reader and the serious historian. My personal copy is highlighted and annotated. This book belongs in every military history library. If you buy only one book on the Bulge, this is the one to own.
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