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by Edward G. Miller

  • ISBN: 1585442585
  • Category: History
  • Author: Edward G. Miller
  • Subcategory: Americas
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press; paperback / softback edition (January 14, 2003)
  • Pages: 270 pages
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There are a number of good books on the Hurtgen Forest Campaign and this is one of the them. This is by far the best book out there regarding the bloody fighting in the Hurtgen Forest

There are a number of good books on the Hurtgen Forest Campaign and this is one of the them. Its highly recommended. This is by far the best book out there regarding the bloody fighting in the Hurtgen Forest. While stationed in Europe, I used this book as my guide to design and lead tours of the Hurgten Forest battlefields on behalf of the USO.

A Dark and Bloody Ground book. The Bulge provided a hiatus for the wartorn countryside around the forest and the Roer River dams. Then, beginning in January, 1945, American forces resumed their offensive and were finally able to break through after one of the bloodiest and, for the . Army, most disastrous campaigns of World War II. For many years after the war the full extent of the disaster was not well known outside army circles.

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The division was formed from the remnants of the 47th Infantry Division in Denmark in September 1944, under . Miller, Edward G. (2003). A Dark and Bloody Ground: The Hurtgen Forest and the Roer River Dams, 1944-1945. Texas A&M University Press

The division was formed from the remnants of the 47th Infantry Division in Denmark in September 1944, under the command of Lieutenant General Max Bork. Texas A&M University Press.

A Dark and Bloody Ground: The Hurtgen Forest and the Roer River Dams, 1944-1945" examines the ominous prelude to the Battle of the Bulge and reveals for the first time one of the . Army's bloodiest nightmares of World War II. In late 1944, the Americ. Похожие книги: A Shot in the Dark (1964 Film). Frederic P. Miller, Agnes F. Vandome, John McBrewster.

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A Dark and Bloody Ground: The Hurtgen Forest and the Roer River Dams, 1944-1945 download pdf myebookpdf. com/?book 1585442585 A victorious American army, having driven through Belgium almost unopposed, ran head-on into German soldiers on their own home ground, in some of the most rugged country in western Germany†and at the beginning of the worst fall and winter. In late 1944, American forces advanced into the hilly, heavily wooded Hà rtgen Forest southeast of Aachen, Germany.

A Dark and Bloody Ground. Published by Thriftbooks. Now with his book, we know the battle(s) in the Hürtgen Forest occurred. However, after battle reports etc. may be incomplete, inaccurate, and & and/or fictionalized' by rear echelon scribes. In some respect, reading this book is like reading about a war on another planet, and as in all the others I've read, hindsight is 20/20.

The Hürtgen Forest occupies a rugged area between the Rur River and Aachen. The Bloody Forest: Battle for Huertgen September 1944 – January 1945. Miller, Edward, (1995). A Dark and Bloody Ground: The Hürtgen Forest and the Roer River Dams, 1944 – 1945. The dense conifer forest is broken by few roads, tracks, and firebreaks; vehicular movement is restricted. In the autumn and early winter of 1944, the weather was cold, wet, and cloudy, and often prevented air support. Presidio Press, 2000. College Station, TX: Texas: A & M University Press.

As small units advanced into the hilly woods south-east of Aachen, Germany, they encountered a forest bristling with German troops

A Dark and Bloody Ground The Hurtgen Forest and the Roer River Dams, 1944-1945 by Edward G. Miller 9781585442584 (Paperback, 2003) Delivery Australian shipping is usually within 10 to 14 working days. See all 4 brand new listings. As small units advanced into the hilly woods south-east of Aachen, Germany, they encountered a forest bristling with German troops. The face-off took place in some of Germany's most rugged territory and in rain, sleet and freezing temperatures.

But in 1944 GIs hauled the roulette wheels and chemin-de-fer tables from beneath the crystal chandeliers in the .

But in 1944 GIs hauled the roulette wheels and chemin-de-fer tables from beneath the crystal chandeliers in the casino on the Rue Royale, replacing them with field desks and triple bunks. We’ll take the ‘hit’ out of Hitler, they sang. Seven dams built for flood control, drinking water, and hydroelectric power stood near the headwaters of the Roer, which arose in Belgium and spilled east through the German highlands before flowing north across the Cologne plain and eventually emptying into the Maas southeast of Eindhoven.

A victorious American army, having driven through Belgium almost unopposed, ran head-on into German soldiers on their own home ground, in some of the most rugged country in western Germany—and at the beginning of the worst fall and winter weather in decades.In late 1944, American forces advanced into the hilly, heavily wooded Hürtgen Forest southeast of Aachen, Germany. For weeks, without a clear-cut reason for attacking through the forest, U.S. commanders nevertheless ordered units of as many as seven divisions into the woods to be chewed up by German infantry and artillery. Small units, cut off by the rugged terrain and trees, unable to employ tanks or artillery effectively, fought entrenched and camouflaged Germans in the woods and villages of the region. The troops were exposed to rain, sleet, and freezing temperatures without proper winter clothing. Many companies suffered huge numbers of casualties.The Battle of the Bulge interrupted the Hürtgen Forest battles but did not end them. The Bulge provided a hiatus for the wartorn countryside around the forest and the Roer River dams. Then, beginning in January, 1945, American forces resumed their offensive and were finally able to break through after one of the bloodiest and, for the U.S. Army, most disastrous campaigns of World War II.For many years after the war the full extent of the disaster was not well known outside army circles. Eventually the story of the campaign spread, but it remained overshadowed by the fame of the Bulge. Only in the last decade have military historians begun to look at the fighting in the Hürtgen Forest.The book examines uncertainty of command at the army, corps, and division levels and emphasizes the confusion and fear of ground combat at the level of company and battalion—"where they do the dying." Its gripping description of the battle is based on government records, a rich selection of first-person accounts from veterans of both sides, and author Edward G. Miller's visits to the battlefield. The result is a compelling and comprehensive account of small-unit action set against the background of the larger command levels.The book's foreword is by retired Maj. Gen. R. W. Hogan, who was a battalion commander in the forest.
Reviews about A Dark and Bloody Ground: The Hurtgen Forest and the Roer River Dams, 1944-1945 (7):
Saberblade
I love war history and enjoy getting into the details of battles, however, this book missed the mark in delivering the great knowledge that the author had acquired.

When reading about a complex, protracted battle, involving numerous components of armies; it is important to be repetitive to provide context to the reader that is trying to gain an understanding of the various pieces of the puzzle. Also important, is the need to provide maps that bring the battle movement a visual reality to geographical explanation of battle context, such as high points, depressions, river banks, dams, towns, et cetera. This book did none of that. In fact, it requires note taking to identify the components of the armies, reader provided maps, and rereading to ensure the understanding of who was being referenced, when the author described one unit attacking another. I had to look up google maps, which did not help in describing the aspects and details of the smaller towns in the forest.

While I was able to get much of it, I found the maps provided, difficult to read and not applicable to the context of what was being described. Units location were described in words, but not in relation to the mapping and, certainly, not in reference to the overall battlefront. The photos provided no additional value to the description of the lengthy battle. Much detail was dispensed in describing the difficulty of why the locations were not suitable for a normal tactical approach, but the locations, themselves, were hardly described at all. Strategic importance was alluded to in the existence of the Roer Dams, yet no map even showed the location of the dams and their relevence to the earlier battles being waged, over this several month battle.

All in all, it was obvious to me that the author had done a TON of research and knew of what he wrote. However, a good editor should have evaluated it according to the readers' perspective. Had this been done and some changes made, I would have found this book amongst the best in military history.
Charyoll
After two months of struggling to get out of Normandy, the Allies made a miraculous run in August to the Seine and then to the West Wall. Once there the German defenses stiffen plus having logistical problems, the Allied advance quickly stopped. General Eisenhower wanted to engage and destroy the German Army west of the Rhine River in order to ease the crossing of this historic river and saw the Roer River Campaign as the way to do it. While other units were involved, the 7th Corps and 5th Corps of 1st Army had primary responsibility in capturing the important ground between the West Wall and the Roer River, south of the Aachen-Duren line through the forest. The distance was only about 20 miles but it would take five months and thousands of casualties to gain control of the river and within this timeframe the 1st Army and others would also have to stop the Ardennes Offensive.

The Roer River Campaign is one of my favorites in the West. It was important and controversial and it was interconnected to the Ardennes Offensive. Though the Allies were unaware of the upcoming major counter-offensive, the Germans had to not only fight the important defense of the Roer River, they had to fight it with a partial force while the three main armies prepared for the Ardennes Offensive. The Germans did have the advantage of having well built defenses and knowing the rugged terrain of the huge forest and the Americans were fighting with false estimates of the German resistance and with insufficient forces or proper logistical backup. And with the thick huge forest and the many cloudy days, the ground troops did not have the level of artillery or air support they were accustom to. To make it worse the rugged terrain also limited the usefulness of tank support.

The author clearly shows the Americans were fighting with not enough men and the deeper into the forest they advanced, the worse their logistical problem got. He also shows the determination and craftiness of the Germans in their defenses and their numerous small counterattacks that would disrupt and set back the soldiers of 5th and 7th Corps.
Being a veteran, the author does an excellent job of describing the plans and motivations of both sides and then the executions of those plans. The story is easy to follow and the reader gets a real sense of not only the operational aspects of the campaign but also the personal with the inclusion of many anecdotal experiences of the soldiers trying to gain those twenty miles.

In the last chapter, the author summarizes and analyzes the forest campaign and includes the wisdom by such noted historians as Charles MacDonald and Martin Blumenson. Mr Miller's comments are excellent, showing an accurate, critical appraisal of the campaign from not only ground level but also Command level.
There were seven black and white maps to help the reader follow the action. The maps were very good and helpful, showing the necessary terrain features and the villages, towns and dams. These maps are good enough to be used when reading other books on the campaign. With action occurring everyday somewhere within the forest, I wished the author could have presented more maps that would clearly show the daily or weekly progress. There were also 22 photos of the fighting men and the trails, villages and towns that had to be cleared.
There is also an Appendix which is mandatory reading. It has an Order of Battle that will be indispenible in following the different regiments and battalions and also a Notes Section and Index.

There are a number of good books on the Hurtgen Forest Campaign and this is one of the them. If you have an interest in this fighting on the western border of Germany in the closing months of the war that also had secondary ramifications with the Ardennes Offensive, you should consider this book. Its highly recommended.
Umor
This is by far the best book out there regarding the bloody fighting in the Hurtgen Forest.

While stationed in Europe, I used this book as my guide to design and lead tours of the Hurgten Forest battlefields on behalf of the USO. Edward Miller's excellent work is meticulously researched and cross references with sources on both the American and German side. As a former Army Officer, Miller has an innate understanding of the strategic, operational and tactical levels of war. In his book, he seemlessly sets the stage and explains the importance of the Roer River Dams to the Allies in 1944. From there, the takes you through the different stages of battle involving some of the most famous divisions in the United States Army fighting against battle hardened German troops.

His detailed of the accounts bring out in chilling detail the wet and cold pine covered forests both sides fought against. Having walked the ground of the Hurtgen Forest, I can attest to the level of detail provided by this book. The excellent maps in the book complement the narration, making it easy to follow the bloody fighting and to understand the difficulties experienced on both sides of the battlefield.

This book is by far the definitive source on the Hurtgen Forest fighting.

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