THE BATTLE OF THE BUERTGEN FOREST by Charles B. MacDonald

THE BATTLE OF THE BUERTGEN FOREST

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This newest addition to the Hanson W. Baldwin(editor) series of great battles records one of the most critical, savage and casualty-ridden conflicts of World War II, the allied attempt to break into Germany at the Huertgen Forest in 1944. As such it is an admirable job, assembling facts and figures from a wide area of combat and welding them into an understandable history. The situation that autumn was a grave one- when an American army under Lt. General Hodges confronted the determined Nazi Seventh Army. For weeks the two forces probed, attacked, counterattacked, yet made no appreciable change in the forest battle line. By early November the American 28th Division had suffered nearly 7000 casualties and by November 15th another attempt at breakthrough had failed, though days later like the famous ""Big Red One"" finally managed to roll the Germans back. With casualties left behind, the Americans drove on into the Fatherland. The conclusion that the fight could have been avoided by capturing some dams has been suggested by earlier writings on this battle... Important as military history, less assured of a general audience.

Publisher: Lippincott