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Voices of the Bulge: Untold Stories From Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge    by Michael Collins & Martin King order for
Voices of the Bulge
by Michael Collins
Order:  USA  Can
Zenith Press, 2011 (2011)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

The producers of the documentary Voices of the Bulge, Michael Collins and Martin King, created this companion oral history that features not only some of the individuals featured in the film but additional soldiers as well. It took the two men over a dozen years to research, interview people and compile the material that went into both the film and book.

What makes this project unusual and sets it apart from other books on the Battle of the Bulge, one of the last major battles of the Second World War in Europe, is that both military and civilian sources were used from both sides of the battle.

As you read the accounts of those who survived the combat that began in December, 1944, and lasted through January, 1945, you'll be hearing it from a number of different vantage points. These first person accounts from officers, enlisted men and civilians in the area offer insights to the German build-up dubbed Wacht am Rhein, and the corresponding onslaught that launched the counteroffensive operation and the Allied troops who had to parry the attempt to reverse the tide of battle.

Fought in the cold and snow, the Battle of the Bulge engaged nearly one million soldiers and the casualties were extremely high. Its conclusion marked, for all practical purposes, the end of any chance that the German military could take the initiative and thus prevent Hilter's defeat and the eventual end of the war.

Along with 93 black and white photos and five maps, this book also includes a 47 minute DVD that contains a tribute to those who fought in this famous battle.

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