Voices of the Bulge

Published: May 26th, 2012     
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Author: Michael Collins and Martin King
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Company: Zenith Press
ISBN #: 9780760340332
Other Publication Information: Hardcover, 320 Pages
Price: $29.00
Product / Stock #: 149929
Product provided by: Zenith Press

Authors Michael Collins and Martin King have written a well researched and historical account of the German attack in the Ardennes in December, 1944. What makes this book special is that it covers the human (but not necessarily humane) aspects of the battle.

The book is a day-by-day narration of the main military actions that occurred during the Battle of the Bulge. Each chapter begins by describing the front situation and what different units were charged to do. So far, that is a 'regular' history book. But then the rest of each chapter has first person narratives from the soldiers (from both sides, but mainly American ones) and even support personnel like nurses, on how they managed to do what they were charged with.

Most of the book covers the German thrust up to December 25th. The last chapter of the book covers the Allied counter-attack that lasted from late December, 1944, up to January/February, 1945.

The book is well illustrated with maps showing the front situation and units' locations during the battle, as well as pictures, mainly of the soldiers, but there are a few pictures of their equipment, too.

The book includes a DVD (47 min running time) with the recording of several interviews of veterans. It is very powerful and moving to watch and to listen to the veterans tell their story. It is indeed the "Voices of the Bulge" talking to you.

This book is highly recommended to any history aficionado. It is a very unique document, as it describes the very human aspect of combat by those that experienced it. The DVD is a nice addition, as literally, you can see and hear the "Voices of the Bulge".

I would like to thank IPMS/USA and Zenith Books for the review sample.

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