The Bitter Woods

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Da Capo Press, 1995 - History - 506 pages
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It was the greatest single battle the U.S. Army ever fought. More than a million GIs were involved and nearly 80,000 became casualties. The Allied generals had to rally beaten, dispirited troops in the face of an attack they had never dreamed possible.A study in command, from generals to squad leaders,The Bitter Woods follows von Runstedt, Dietrich, and of course Hitler, as closely as the Americans. As son of the supreme commander Dwight D. Eisenhower, a West Point graduate, a retired Army brigadier general, and a military historian, John Eisenhower is uniquely qualified to tell how the Allied generals (nearly all of whom he knew personally) met Hitler’s challenge; how the two armies fought fiercely in the Ardennes from December 1944 to January 1945; and how the Allied victory broke the back of Nazi aggression.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
13
Foreword
17
Only Cheerful Faces
27
The Results Will Be Incalculable
36
German Troop Dispositions
41
Closing the Falaise Pocket
53
Paris Detour
59
Antwerp Is the Key
72
Routes 7th Armored Division to St Vith
232
Breakthrough 1st SS Panzer Division
242
Action at Trois Ponts
246
St Vith Stems the Northern Tide
261
The Battle at St Vith
281
Situation 28th Division Evening December 18
306
Morning of December 19 1944
316
The Relief of Bastogne
339

Territory Gained in the North
80
We Can Still Lose This War in Europe
85
Watch on the Rhine
105
Hitlers Plan
114
Hitler Overrides His Generals
122
The Fog and Mists of the Eifel
144
Allied Intelligence Is Befuddled
162
We March
179
South Flank 99th U S Infantry Division
181
Sector 14th Cavalry Group
182
Attack on Schnee Eifel
201
Penetration of the 110th Infantry 28th Division
206
The Southern Shoulder
209
Breakthrough
217
The Northern Shoulder Elsenborn
222
HighWater Mark
346
Situation Night of December 2021
351
Situation West of the Ourthe River
356
Crisis in the Allied High Command
379
Friction with de Gaulle
393
Closing the Bulge
405
Situation January 3 1945
414
Mission Fulfilled
431
Situation End of January 15 1945
439
Situation March 28 1945
444
End of Hostilities
450
The Final Analysis
457
The European Campaign Front
468
The Ardennes Campaign Back
508
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John S.D. Eisenhower's books include The Bitter Woods: The Battle of the Bulge, Agent of Destiny: The Life and Times of General Winfield Scott, and So Far from God: The U.S. War with Mexico, 1846?1848. He lives near Easton, Maryland.

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