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REVIEW Æ The Longest Winter The Battle of the Bulge and the Epic Story of WWII's Most Decorated Platoon ↠ ❮Reading❯ ➹ The Longest Winter The Battle of the Bulge and the Epic Story of WWII's Most Decorated Platoon Author Alex Kershaw – of only thin soup In German POW camps hundreds of captured Longest Winter The Battle of PDF or Americans were either killed or died of disease and most lost all hope But the men of Bouck's platoon survived miraculously all of themOnce again in vivid dramatic prose Alex Kershaw brings to life the story of some of America's little known heroes the story of America's most decorated small unit an epic story of courage and survival in World War II and one of the most inspiring stories in American histor. In general I am not a big fan of small or single unit books Their focus sometimes seems to be that if this unit would have been allowed freedom men euipment etc that this unit could have won a battle or even have turned the tide of action Sometimes actions of singular units can and do change the course of battles but unless there is a telling of the actions that are going on around this unit it causes a sense of isolation and lack of reality This book avoids that trap and does it in an amazingly admirable fashion If focuses on the individuals of the I R Platoon not only those that were caught in the battle but the ones that managed through luck and promotion to avoid being there for it That isn't the only way it does this this book does take into account the larger picture Not for the whole of the front that would be the start of the Battle of the Bulge but for the immediate areas north as south of the position that was held by the I R Platoon The book also looks at the other side of the Hill showing German actions and plans The last thing the book does to avoid the pitfall of super sizing an action it is follows the group after the battle All in all one of the best small unit books I have ever read


The main thrust of the Longest Winter The Epub #225 entire German assault Vastly outnumbered they repulsed three German assaults in a fierce day long battle killing over five hundred German soldiers and defending a strategically vital hill Only when Bouck's men had run out of ammunition did they surrender to the enemyAs Longest Winter The Battle of PDF or POWs Bouck's platoon began an ordeal far worse than combat survive in captivity under trigger happy German guards Allied bombing raids and a daily ra. They were so young these American soldiers just trying to keep warm and prepare for the push into Germany They paid the price for the intelligence failures of the overconfident generals safe and cozy in Versailles and other chateaus Those at HH were certain the Germans could only slow the inevitable defeat Au contraire The Longest Winter The Battle of the Bulge and the Epic Story of World War II's Most Decorated Platoon tells the story of a small platoon caught on the northern spearhead of the German attack The 394th Intelligence and Reconnaissance IR Platoon was only supposed to be in Lanzerath Belgium for a short period as two divisions changed positions at the front Unfortunately that coincided with the start of the German offensive in the Ardennes intended to take Antwerp and split the western Allied forcesThe book gives a brief preview of the platoon’s origin in Texas and moves uickly to the Battle of the Bulge Along the way we get familiar with the members of this cross section of America with all its warts and highlights In the battle they will perform magnificently At the start of the battle it becomes clear the intelligence is wrong very wrong view spoiler The shells just kept coming At a 99th Division command post to the platoon’s rear a staff officer who had been told the Germans had just two horse drawn artillery pieces in the vicinity shouted “Christ they sure are working those two poor horses to death” hide spoiler

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The Longest Winter The Battle of the Bulge and the Epic Story of WWII's Most Decorated PlatoonOn a cold morning Winter The PDF #180 in December deep in the Ardennes forest a platoon of eighteen men under the command of twenty year old lieutenant Lyle Bouck were huddled in their foxholes trying desperately to keep warm Suddenly the early morning silence The Longest PDFEPUB or was broken by the roar of a huge artillery bombardment and the dreadful sound of approaching tanks Hitler had launched his bold and risky offensive against the Allies his last gamble and the small American platoon was facing. Don't be misled by the titlethis is not an overall history of the Battle of the Bulge but instead it concentrates on a reconnaissanceintelligence platoon the 394 whose bravery led to their place of honor as the most decorated platoon in WWII It is the winter of 1944 and Hitler is placing all his bets on one last battle through the Ardennes Forest and on to Antwerp The war is already basically lost but Hitler will not recognize this and is convinced that his army can surprise the Allies and turn the tide of battle The 394th digs in on a ridge above the town of Lanzerath in order to report the enemy activity in the area There are only 18 men led by 20 year old Lt Lyle Bouke with limited fire power and not much elseThus begins the tale of almost unbelievable courage as the 394th is surrounded by Germans yet fight on for a number of days against overpowering odds Eventually they are captured and sent to a POW camp The author follows the lives of each member of the platoon throughout their ordeal in action and into captivity and interviewed many of them who were still living at the time of publication 2004 The narrative is fascinating and keeps the reader engrossed through the last pageMore than 30 years later President Jimmy Carter recognized the unit's extraordinary heroism and awarded combat medals to all 18 men It is an inspiring book which is beautifully written and highly recommended