The powerful German counteroffensive operation code-named Wacht am Rhein (Watch on the Rhine) launched in the early hours of December 16, 1944, would result in the greatest single extended land battle of World War II. To most Americans, the fierce series of battles fought from December 1944 through to January 1945 is better kwn as the Battle of the Bulge . Almost one million soldiers would eventually take part in the fighting. Different from other histories of the Bulge, this books tells the story of this crucial campaign with first-person stories taken from the authors' interviews of the American soldiers, both officers and enlisted personnel, who faced the massive German onslaught that that threatened to turn the tide of the battle in Western Europe and successfully repelled the attack with their courage and blood. Also included are stories from German veterans of the battles, including SS soldiers, who were interviewed by the authors.
Michael Collins is a Public Historian who has been a historical interpreter and museum staffer for the New England Air Museum, the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum, the Irish American Heritage Museum, and the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center among others. He lives in Hartford, CT. Martin King is a British Military Historian/Lecturer who has guided many allied veterans and interviewed both German veterans and civilian witnesses in and around the WWII battlefields. He lives in Belguim where he researches and lectures on ETO battles as a consultant for the History Channel