No Silent Night

No Silent Night

The Christmas Battle for Bastogne

Book - 2012
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On Christmas morning 1944. There was little reason to celebrate . . .

As the battle of the Bulge raged, a small force of American soldiers - including the fames 101st Airborne division, tank destroyer crews, engineers, and artillerymen - was completely surrounded by Hitler's armies in the Belgian town of Bastogne. Taking the town was imperative to Hitler's desperate plan to drive back the Allies and turn the tide of the war. The attaché would come just before dawn.

As the outnumbered, undersupplied Americans gathered in church for services or shivered in their snow-covered foxholes on the fringes of the front lines, freshly reinforced German forces of men and tanks attacked. The battle was up close and personal, with the cold, exhausted soldiers of both armies fighting for every square foot of frozen earth.

In the end, the Allied forces would hold the town of Bastogne, with the hard-won victory boosting morale and sounding the death knell for Hitler's Third Reich. After this battle, the Nazis would never go on the offensive again.

Featuring interviews with the soldiers who were there, as well as never-before-seen or translated documents, No Silent Night is a compelling chronicle of one day that changed the course of the war - and the world.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : NAL Caliber, c2012.
ISBN: 9780451238139
Branch Call Number: 940.5421 BARRON L
Characteristics: xv, 414 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Cygan, Don


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Feb 17, 2019

This was a very good book to provide the history of the brave American soldiers who managed through bravery and good leaders (not the top commanders who were on holiday) to stop the largest drive of the Germans on the Western Front after the Allies reached the German frontier. Well written and is a fast reading book. Once I read this book, I went through many other books in the Tulsa Library system and Mobius to really understand the Battle of the Bulge.


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