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Review: 11 Days in December: Christmas at the Bulge, 1944

07 Apr

11 Days in December: Christmas at the Bulge, 194411 Days in December: Christmas at the Bulge, 1944 by Stanley Weintraub
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I never knew a lot about the Battle of the Bulge, it seems to be one of those battles from WW2 that is often briefly mentioned in high school and college courses and not much more. So my limited knowledge of it came from the one episode in Band of Brothers where Easy company was involved in the fighting. So reading a book about those 11 days which had one of the highest casualty rates of the war (10,276 killed and 23,218 missing). It was intriguing to read about the different personalities of the leaders and how each of them positively or negatively influenced the outcome of the war. Overall, I had to say that had the American’s been less cocky about how they were doing in the war, then the d&d (and no, that doesn’t mean dungeon’s and dragon’s) tactics of the Germans might have not been as effective and the outcome could have been totally different.
I will definately be looking for more historical non-fiction by Weintraub in the future.

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Posted by on April 7, 2011 in Book Review

 

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