A Dark and Bloody Ground: The Hurtgen Forest and the Roer by Edward G. Miller

By Edward G. Miller

A triumphant American military, having pushed via Belgium nearly unopposed, ran head-on into German squaddies on their lonesome domestic floor, in the most rugged state in western Germany—and at the start of the worst fall and iciness climate in decades.

In overdue 1944, American forces complex into the hilly, seriously wooded Hürtgen woodland southeast of Aachen, Germany. For weeks, with out a simple cause of attacking throughout the woodland, U.S. commanders however ordered devices of as many as seven divisions into the woods to be chewed up via German infantry and artillery. Small devices, bring to an end by way of the rugged terrain and bushes, not able to hire tanks or artillery successfully, fought entrenched and camouflaged Germans within the woods and villages of the zone. The troops have been uncovered to rain, sleet, and freezing temperatures with out right iciness garments. Many businesses suffered large numbers of casualties.

The conflict of the Bulge interrupted the Hürtgen wooded area battles yet didn't finish them. The Bulge supplied a hiatus for the wartorn nation-state round the wooded area and the Roer River dams. Then, starting in January, 1945, American forces resumed their offensive and have been ultimately capable of holiday via after one of many bloodiest and, for the U.S. military, such a lot disastrous campaigns of global struggle II.

For decades after the struggle the complete quantity of the catastrophe used to be now not popular open air military circles. ultimately the tale of the crusade unfold, however it remained overshadowed by means of the celebrity of the Bulge. in basic terms within the final decade have army historians all started to examine the combating within the Hürtgen Forest.

The e-book examines uncertainty of command on the military, corps, and department degrees and emphasizes the confusion and worry of floor wrestle on the point of corporation and battalion—"where they do the dying." Its gripping description of the conflict is predicated on govt documents, a wealthy number of first-person bills from veterans of each side, and writer Edward G. Miller's visits to the battlefield. the result's a compelling and entire account of small-unit motion set opposed to the historical past of the bigger command levels.

The book's foreword is by way of retired Maj. Gen. R. W. Hogan, who used to be a battalion commander within the forest.

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