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Het Ardennenoffensief por Alex Kershaw
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Het Ardennenoffensief (original 2004; edição 2005)

por Alex Kershaw (Autor)

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December 1944: Deep in the Ardennes forest, a platoon of eighteen men under the command of twenty year old lieutenant Lyle Bouck huddle in their foxholes. Under attack and vastly outnumbered, they repulse three German assaults in a fierce day long battle, killing over five hundred Germans. Only when Bouck's men run out of ammunition do they surrender. As POWs, Bouck's platoon experience an ordeal far worse than combat: trigger-happy German guards, Allied bombing raids, and a daily ration of thin soup. Somehow, the men of Bouck's platoon all miraculously survive. Alex Kershaw brings to life the story of America's most decorated small unit of the war, and one of the most inspiring stories in American history.… (mais)
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Título:Het Ardennenoffensief
Autores:Alex Kershaw (Autor)
Informação:BZZToH (2005), 323 pagina's.
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The Longest Winter: The Battle of the Bulge and the Epic Story of WWII's Most Decorated Platoon por Alex Kershaw (2004)

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Very well done. I got choked up reading about the liberation of the POWs. ( )
  gregdehler | Feb 21, 2021 |
The Longest Winter

Alex Kershaw sets out to follow the experiences of the Intelligence and Reconnaissance Platoon of the 394th Infantry during and following the Battle of the Bulge which he described as: "Hitler's brilliant campaign of deception -- and plain old incompetency had combined to create the most fatal ignorance in the U.S. Army's history. On the eve of the battle, not a single Allied soldier or general knew what the Germans were really up to."
Kershaw does as he sets out to and includes a general coverage to the campaign that followed. Along the way he provides details and color. After a highly detailed description of the assassination attempt at The Wolf's Lair, he opines that Count Klaus von Stauffenberg's snobbery led to its failure.
General Patton is also included in Kershaw's research. He details Operation Baum in which Patton sacrifices a unit in a failed attempt to rescue his POW son-in-law.
  RonWelton | Feb 12, 2021 |
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Het Ardennenoffensief vertelt het opmerkelijke verhaal van één peloton dat op wonderbaarlijke wijze Hitlers massale Ardennenoffensief tot staan bracht. Op een koude ochtend in december 1944 probeerde een peloton van achttien man onder het commando van de twintigjarige luitenant Lyle Bouck zich wanhopig warm te houden in hun schuttersputjes, diep ingegraven in de Ardenner bossen. Plotseling werd de ochtendstilte verbroken door een hevig artilleriebombardement en het gevreesde geluid van naderende tanks. Hitler had zijn stoutmoedige en riskante offensief tegen de geallieerden gestart, zijn laatste gok, en het kleine Amerikaanse peloton werd geconfronteerd met de hoofdmacht van de Duitse aanval. Hoewel ze sterk in de minderheid waren, weerstonden zij drie Duitse aanvallen in een vernietigende, 24 uur durende slag, doodden ze meer dan 500 Duiste soldaten en verdedigden ze een strategisch belangrijke heuvel. Pas toen hun munitie opraakte, gaven zij zich over aan de vijand. Als krijgsgevangenen ondergingen Boucks mannen een beproeving die erger was dan het slagveld. Wonderlijk genoeg overleefden ze in gevangenschap van schietgrage Duitse bewakers, geallieerde bomaanvallen en een klein dagrantsoen.
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Dit prettig leesbare verslag vertelt het verhaal van het I & R peloton 394e infanterie regiment van de Amerikaanse landmacht. Dit peloton is het meest onderscheiden peloton geweest tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog. Tijdens het Ardennenoffensief hielden zij een snelle Duitse opmars tegen en voorkwamen zo dat er grote gaten geslagen werden in het geallieerde front. Het boek volgt het peloton vanaf de oprichting; het was bedoeld om te verkennen en informatie te verzamelen. Hun onverwachte inzet bij het bewaken van een deel van het front is voor deze mannen een totale verrassing. Maar zij doen dit voortreffelijk en geven zich pas over wanneer hun munitie op is. Daarna beginnen de ontberingen pas echt, ze worden in krijgsgevangenschap afgevoerd en beleven met eigen ogen de ineenstorting van het Derde rijk. Een goed leesbaar boek, geschikt voor zowel historici als leken. Twee katernen zwartwitfoto's; zeer kleine druk. Met register.

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  Langshan | Dec 11, 2019 |
This is a very compelling story that should be told by someone other than Alex Kershaw. ( )
  wordsampersand | Dec 6, 2018 |
Read during Summer 2007

An extensively researched and very well written account of the actions of a small platoon in the Battle of the Bulge and after. I did get a little lost in a haze of names at one point and the maps could have been more helpful but the story was fascinating and one I didn't know. The author had obviously lengthy interviews with many of the members of the platoon and gives a very first hand account of the training, fighting, and most vividly, the life in the POW camps. Despite the somewhat light, conversational style, it is completely riveting.
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
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December 1944: Deep in the Ardennes forest, a platoon of eighteen men under the command of twenty year old lieutenant Lyle Bouck huddle in their foxholes. Under attack and vastly outnumbered, they repulse three German assaults in a fierce day long battle, killing over five hundred Germans. Only when Bouck's men run out of ammunition do they surrender. As POWs, Bouck's platoon experience an ordeal far worse than combat: trigger-happy German guards, Allied bombing raids, and a daily ration of thin soup. Somehow, the men of Bouck's platoon all miraculously survive. Alex Kershaw brings to life the story of America's most decorated small unit of the war, and one of the most inspiring stories in American history.

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