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The Battle of the Bulge: St. Vith, the Northern Shoulder and Bastogne (The History Channel, American History Archives) Hardcover – August, 2005

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"Osprey's latest offering includes numerous photographs of the fighting and three-dimensional maps of the area that will assist the reader in following the movements of the two armies." - WWII History, December 2010

"The Battle of the Bulge fought in the winter of 1944 – 45 is one of the most well-known actions of World War II. It was the last major Nazi offensive against the Allies, masterminded and overseen by Hitler himself. It was the largest and most costly battle fought by the US Army in World War II. The author provides a full account of the campaign strategy; the American and German forces and command; their equipment and tanks; plus a detailed account of the fighting.", October 2010

"In workman-like prose, without attempting to convey the terror and excitement of battle, Zaloga analyzes both Allied and German strategies, leadership, squabbles among generals, problems in supplies and terrain,  and other factors leading up to and culminating in the defeat of German forces by the Allies in the decisive Battle of the Bulge." - Zara Raab, Sacramento Book Review

"This book is profusely illustrated with many combat photographs, detailed maps and a number of paintings by Howard Gerrard ... an excellent reference and ... a must have book on this battle and can whole heartedly be recommend to the student of history, the modeler (photographs) and the wargamer. It is a fountain of information...", January 2011 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in history from Union College and his MA from Columbia University. He has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over two decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federal think-tank. He is the author of numerous books on military technology and military history, with an accent on the US Army in World War II as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union. The author lives in Laurel, MD. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: North American Membership Group (August 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581592485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581592481
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,907,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steven Zaloga is a senior analyst for Teal Group Corp., an aerospace consulting firm. His professional specialization is the commercial and technological aspects of the international trade in missiles, precision guided munitions, and unmanned aerial vehicles. He also serves as an adjunct staff member with the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federal think-tank.

Mr. Zaloga has published numerous books and articles on military technology and military history. His books have been translated into Japanese, German, Polish, Czech, Romanian, and Russian. He has been a special correspondent for "Jane's Intelligence Review" and is on the executive board of the "Journal of Slavic Military Studies". From 1987 through 1992, he was the writer/director for Video Ordnance Inc., preparing their TV series "Firepower" that aired on The Discovery Channel in the US.

Mr. Zaloga was born in 1952 and received his BA in history from Union College, Schenectady, NY. He received an MA in history from Columbia University specializing in modern East European history, and did graduate research and language study at Uniwersitet Jagiellonski in Krakow, Poland.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Chanley M. Mohney on December 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Sun Tzu teaches us that there are five factors in war--moral influence, weather, terrain, command, and doctrine. In Steven Zaloga's book, "the Battle of the Bulge", he hits on all five factors--and he spends close to half of the book doing this! This book is an excellent introductory work to the battle. But what intrigued me and kept me reading was his setting of the stage. He made sure we thoroughly understood what the circumstances were that led to the German offensive and then introduced us to the German and American forces and their commanders. He also discussed the weather and how it factored into the fighting. In that way we came to understand why Joachim Pieper failed and Bruce Clarke was successful in their respective tasks even before he started to discuss the actual fighting. We understood that the German Fallschirmjager divisions and its leadership were not the same troops the Allied forces had faced and feared in the summer of 1944. I also liked the last three pages describing what the battlefield (which I have toured)looks like now and what the citizens have done to preserve the history of the battle.

My only disappoint were in the maps. I don't think they were as useful throughout the book as they could have been. Some sections of the book had as many as two maps (in different formats) that allowed you to follow fairly closely the movement of the forces, both German and American. Other sections, such as "the Breakthrough In the Center" had none; there also were maps that were difficult to follow. A pet peeve of mine is that anytime an military historian mentions a place it should appear on the maps. There were times that Mr. Zaloga mentioned that a unit moved from point A to point B, but I could only find one of the points.

Despite this disappointment, however, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about the Battle of the Bulge.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Very Curious on September 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This history of the Battle of the Bulge provides a nice level of detail for a person that is not an expert on the events that took place. It is much more than an overview but does not get bogged down with too much detail. The maps and pictures provide depth to the well written text. There is an interesting emphasis on the equipment used by both sides. If you are a student of the battle there is nothing new in this book. If you are not an expert this book would be an excellent way to obtain a moderate level of knowledge quickly.
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My father was in the Battle of the Bulge in armored during WWII and one of only about a dozen in his outfit to make it out from over 200 men. This book captures the depth and variations of the battle in a rich array of photos. If you're a WWII or military history or tank buff, you'll love it. If not, you'll feel that it's redundant and boring about 1/4 in. I liked it, a fascinating and important part of history.
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