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Voices of the Bulge: Untold Stories from Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge Hardcover – September 9, 2011
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"This book is highly recommended to any history aficionado. It is a very unique document, as it describes the very human aspect of combat by those that experienced it. The DVD is a nice addition, as literally, you can see and hear the Voices of the Bulge." - International Plastic Modelers' Society
“The authors spent more than 12 years researching, interviewing and compiling information for this book. By sprinkling their narrative with concise biographical sketches and personal vignettes, Collins and King succeed admirably in combining official combat histories with the reminiscences of the men and women who experienced war on the Belgian frontier in late 1944 and early ’45. The result is a riveting tribute to the generation that experienced World War II firsthand. Collins and King have produced a marvelous compendium of recollections from military veterans and the civilians caught up in the last significant German offensive on the Western Front.” - ARMY
This day-by-day account of the Battle of the Bulge takes the personal stories of servicemen to give a trench-level view of the combat. The book and companion DVD documentary are based on interviews conducted by filmmakers Collins and King, who provide some framing narrative and profiles of the prominent commanders of the battle. The bulk of the text is composed of the GIs’ individual and unit stories. VERDICT: For those unfamiliar with the battle, this may not provide sufficient overall context, but for readers who know the battle history, and those—teens and adults alike—who enjoy works such as Stephen Ambrose’s Band of Brothers, it is recommended.—Brian DeLuca, Enoch Pratt Free Lib., Baltimore
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"What sets this oral history apart from the many others that have been published is that it is accompanied by a 47-minute DVD of the authors' documentary of the Battle of the Bulge...The authors have done an excellent job in describing the action."
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To be fair, the book is a readable and straightforward account of the Battle of the Bulge, with the emphasis on the critical first ten days. There are ample accounts by veterans, ranging from a paragraph to several of pages in length, with the text returning several times to the veterans as the narrative progresses. An interesting aspect of the book are the accounts by the American soldiers who were taken prisoner of war and transferred to Germany. Scant food, minimal comfort, and being bombed by their own side were some of the hardships they had to endure. I for one would've liked to read more about it. Another aspect that gets coverage is the work by Belgian volunteer nurses in Bastogne. Renée Lemaire, made known to a bigger audience through the HBO mini-series "Band of Brothers", is mentioned, and the authors managed to track down her colleague, Augusta Chiwy. The brave Congo-born nurse hasn't got the recognition she is due (she was briefly portrayed in the series by a much darker actor), but the authors attempt to set things right.Read more ›
There are some moments were the veteran who is being quoted in the text, gets some fact wrong like the correct name of the town or swapping millimeters for calibers when naming a weapon. These things are to be expected when the memories are 50 or 60 years old and the soldier has been back to civilian life most of that time. This is totally excusable and the reader should look at the emotion of the veterans experience and not hold him to the exact facts of the situation. He was most likely in a life or death situation at the time. But it would be nice to see some editor's note correcting the facts. Many of these mistakes are missed by the editor.
Unfortunately this book is full of mistakes in the captions under the photos too. Inexcusable mistakes like naming the wrong gun or tank in the photo. Even the slightest bit of fact checking online or in a library would show the error. On page 110 there is a "rare photograph" that claims to be of a Jagdtiger and a King Tiger with a Heschel turret. First off, this is a Jagdpanther with a King Tiger with a PORSCHE turret and this is not even a photo. It's a screenshot FROM A COMPUTER GAME... how insulting. Somehow the editor missed all of the mistakes and let this book through. Once several mistakes like these are discovered in a history book, then it throws the whole book into question.
I couldn't even finish the last few chapters, sorry guys.
Hitler and his minions were planning a very powerful operation code-named "Wacht am Rhein" (Watch on the Rhine). This battle was better known as the Battle of the Bulge, launched in the early morning hours of December 16, 1944. This was to be the battle that would turn the war around and give it back to Germany. This terrible land battle would come to be known as the greatest land battle of World War II. Almost one million soldiers would eventually take part in the fighting and this book is a little different as it tells the story of this crucial battle in the words of soldiers who were there. The authors held interviews with American Soldiers, both officers and enlisted men. These men faced the massive German attacks that Hitler just knew would turn the tide of battle towards the Germans. These extremely brave soldiers stopped the attack with their courage but, not before many of them had been killed. Also included are stories from German veterans of the battles, including SS soldiers, who were interviewed by the authors.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a wonderful book, full of great details and great stories as well. Great background information as well.Published 24 months ago by bierhausser
It's a great read that tells "the rest of the story." Submissions to the book are from soldiers who were there.Published on August 29, 2013 by John Schaffner