Hitler’s Ardennes Offensive

The German view of the Battle of the Bulge edited by Danny S. Parker

First published by Greenhill Books back in 1997, this edition was published by Frontline Books which is an imprint of Pen & Sword Books. However, the actual text which is contained within these 264 pages was acquired from a number of German generals between 1945 and 1954. This book is a compendium of seven publications originally produced by the US Army Historical Division and as such can be treated as primary source material.

The book revolves around six chapters, each of them containing frank interviews from senior German officers who took part in the Ardennes offensive. These officers are SS-Oberstgruppenführer Josef ‘Sepp’ Dietrich, Generalmajor Fritz Krämer, General der Panzertruppen Hasso von Manteuffel, General der Panzertruppen Erich Brandenberger, Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel, Generaloberst Alfred Jodl and General der Infantrie Günther Blumentritt. There are a few maps included although I was left wanting for more and a few black and white images of the officers concerned are featured in the centre of the book. Some of the information supplied may seem dry and irrelevant but what you are reading is literally ‘from the horse’s mouth’ and that’s why this book is worth having in the reference library.

Recommended and thanks to Charlie at Pen & Sword for our review copy.  

 

ISBN: 978-1853676833

Price: £12.99

Pages: 264

Format: softback – 234mm x 155mm

Publisher: Frontline Books

Website: www.frontline-books.com