Top positive review
A readble and detailed account
6 August 2015
This was an engaging read even after all that has been written about the Battle of the Bulge. No commanders are spared in Beevor's analysis particularly Montgomery, Bradley and Hodges among the Allies. The German commanders were under the thumb of Hitler and could be partly excused for their bungles because of him and his demand that the attack continue even after it was obviously doomed. The savagery on both sides and the impact on the civilian population is well examined.
As the son of a Seventh Army veteran I was particularly pleased to see that Beevor included the German Nordwind attack in the Alsace in his analysis. It was every bit as fierce as the Bulge but was successfully fought off after Seventh Army was initially overwhelmed in parts of the line. This despite the Seventh being over extended along its front to fill in for the Third Army when Patton sent divisions north to the relief of Bastogne. Strasbourg and the Saverne Gap was retained in American hands despite orders to withdraw from Eisenhower and Sixth Army Group. Thanks to the objections of Seventh Army commander General Sandy Patch and the French government the Seventh Army remained on the banks of the Rhine where it had earlier become the first Allied army to reach that river.