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The Battle of the Bulge: Hell at B++tgenbach/Seize the Bridges (Stackpole Military History Series) Paperback – January 20, 2010
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On the other hand the author doesn't always present the first-hand accounts in a way that makes it easy for the reader to follow. Much of it is repetitive and sometimes contradictory. In the space of two pages (pages 234-35) when describing the German 1st SS Panzer Division assault on Stoumont, Belgium, the author first states that the US M4 tanks in the town conducted a skillful delaying action against the German onslaught, destroying or disabling 5 panzers at no cost to themselves, but then states that the Germans captured the town with the loss of just one tank and after knocking out several Shermans. Well which was it? There are numerous other examples of a somewhat disjointed narrative where some editing work would have been useful.
The one part I found somewhat objectionable was the repeated quotes from former members of the 1st SS Panzer in which they refer to Belgian resistance fighters shooting at them whilst the battle was going on in and around Stavelot. This is utter nonsense and is offered wholly to excuse the brutal murder of scores of Belgian civilians in and near the town. There is zero evidence of any such intervention by Belgian resistance fighters and I have not seen any credence given to the notion elsewhere. Even an admirer such as Michael Reynolds has pointed out in his excellent book on the 1 SS Panzer Corps that it is almost unheard of for resistance fighters to participate in the action when there is a full-fledged battle raging around them. The author would have been better advised to omit these particular quotes from the German participants in the campaign.
In summary, the book is a flawed but nevertheless useful addition to the story of the Bulge.