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- DescriptionDark December occupies a distinguished place among war books. Every paragraph is based upon evidence, t flimsy wartime rumors. Technical eugh for the professional, accurate eugh for the historian (in fact, it is history of the best), it is lucid and understandable for the general reader. New York Herald Tribune If other veterans of the Army s historical division can maintain Mr. Merriam s high standard of stimulating, critical and painstaking work, we will be fortunate. Dark December can be heartily recommended to anyone faintly interested in the war. New York Times The book explodes a number of myths which have been winning their improper way into general belief. Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Booklist The massive German counteroffensive through Belgium s Ardennes forest in December 1944 took the American and British armies by surprise and changed the outcome of the war. With whole divisions destroyed and decimated, the American army scrambled to contain the German threat, while also trying to determine how such an attack had gone undetected. The Americans succeeded in winning the month-long battle, commonly kwn as the Battle of the Bulge, through the tenacity of several pockets of troops, tably those in the Belgian town of Bastogne, and the remarkable rapid movement of Patton s Third Army to seal the breech in the American lines. The battle stalled the British and American advances and lengthened the war with the result that the Soviet Union was able to make greater gains in Europe than previously anticipated. Dark December is a thorough and engrossing examination of the Battle of the Bulge by a historian who had the opportunity to prepare tes as the battle was occurring and consult classified American as well as German records. Notably, the book contains unique and critical information, including details gleaned from interviews conducted by the author with commanding officers on both sides, some of which are the only reports gathered from these sources. Originally published in 1947, this the first paperback edition with the complete original text and maps.
- Author BiographyROBERT E. MERRIAM (1918 1988) served with both the Ninth Army and 7th Armored Division during World War II. He was chief of the Ardennes Section of the Historical Division of the U.S. Army before embarking on a career in public service, both in the city of Chicago and in the Eisenhower administration.
- Author(s)Robert E. Merriam
- PublisherWestholme Publishing, U.S.
- Date of Publication20/10/2011
- SubjectMilitary History
- Place of PublicationYardley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintWestholme Publishing, U.S.
- Content Note14 maps
- Weight358 g
- Width234 mm
- Height152 mm
- Spine15 mm
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