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    Peter Caddick-Adams
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Peter Caddick-Adams's Snow and Steel offers readers, at long last, the entirety of the German Ardennes . Peter Caddick-Adams is a lecturer in military history and current defense issues at the UK Defence Academy.

Peter Caddick-Adams's Snow and Steel offers readers, at long last, the entirety of the German Ardennes offensive of 1944-5, popularly known as the Battle of the Bulge. Until now the story of the Bulge has been recounted unevenly, in bits and pieces and with emphasis upon pockets of heroism and horror. This book's singular achievement is to offer a balanced view of the strategy and tactics of both sides. He is the author of Monte Cassino: Ten Armies in Hell and Monty and Rommel: Parallel Lives.

Mr. Caddick-Adams also looks at the quality of the troops the Germans had esp the infantry.

Snow and Steel: The Battle of the Bulge, 1944-45. by. Peter Caddick-Adams (Goodreads Author). Mr.

In Snow and Steel, Peter Caddick-Adams draws on interviews with over 100 . This book''s singular achievement is to offer a balanced view of the strategy and tactics of both sides.

In Snow and Steel, Peter Caddick-Adams draws on interviews with over 100 participants of the campaign, as well as archival material from both German and US sources, to offer an engagingly written and thorough reassessment of the historic battle.

The battle of the bulage 1944–45. That is what makes the Battle of the Bulge so fascinating to study. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Using photographs and eyewitness testimony, the visitor can retrace the footsteps of the generation who fought here, with more ease than in almost any other battlefield in history. I first became acquainted with the area in the summer of 1978 when I joined some friends who had restored a selection of Second World War military vehicles.

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Snow and Steel: The Battle of the Bulge, 1944–45. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

British historian Peter Caddick-Adams’s book on the battle, Snow and Steel, is a triumph .

The author delves into a thorough examination of the events, people, and motives for the campaign, not reaching the commencement of the battle until page 265, but the information is important and satisfying to anyone wanting to understand Adolf Hitler’s last gasp to win World War II in the west. Caddick-Adams provides full biographies of the German army commanders from Adolf Hitler to the division commanders-and sometimes a few echelons below.

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The death spasms of Third Reich were protracted and bloody, which was what Hitler had intended. Soon after he had seized power, he promised that if Germany was defeated we shall drag a world with us - a world in flames

The death spasms of Third Reich were protracted and bloody, which was what Hitler had intended. Soon after he had seized power, he promised that if Germany was defeated we shall drag a world with us - a world in flames. By late 1944 the blaze was about to consume Germany; the Red Army was advancing through Poland and British and US troops were poised to cross the Rhine. Allied air forces ruled the skies and pounded urban Germany into rubble. Nevertheless, Hitler remained convinced that the forces of history were on his side.

Between December 16, 1944 and January 15, 1945, American forces found themselves entrenched in the heavily forested Ardennes region of Belgium, France, and Luxembourg defending against an advancing German army amid freezing temperatures, deep snow, and dense fog. Operation Herbstnebel--Autumn Mist--was a massive German counter-offensive that stunned the Allies in its scope and intensity. In the end, the 40-day long Battle of the Bulge, as it has come to be called, was the bloodiest battle fought by U.S. forces in World War II, and indeed the largest land battle in American history. Before effectively halting the German advance, some 89,000 of the 610,000 American servicemen committed to the campaign had become casualties, including 19,000 killed. The engagement saw the taking of thousands of Americans as prisoners of war, some of whom were massacred by the SS--but it also witnessed the storied stand by U.S. forces at Bastogne as German forces besieged the region and culminated in a decisive if costly American victory. Ordered and directed by Hitler himself--against the advice of his generals--the Ardennes offensive was the last major German offensive on the Western Front. In the wake of the defeat, many experienced German units were left severely depleted of men and equipment. Its last reserve squandered, these irreplaceable losses would hasten the end of the war.In Snow and Steel, Peter Caddick-Adams draws on interviews with over 100 participants of the campaign, as well as archival material from both German and US sources, to offer an engagingly written and thorough reassessment of the historic battle. Exploring the failings of intelligence that were rife on both sides, the effects of weather, and the influence of terrain on the battle's outcome, Caddick-Adams deftly details the differences in weaponry and doctrine between the US and German forces, while offering new insights into the origins of the battle; the characters of those involved on both the American and German sides, from the general staff to the foot soldiers; the preparedness of troops; and the decisions and tactics that precipitated the German retreat and the American victory. Re-examining the SS and German infantry units in the Bulge, he shows that far from being deadly military units, they were nearly all under-strength, short on equipment, and poorly trained; kept in the dark about the attack until the last minute, they fought in total ignorance of their opponents or the terrain. Ultimately, Caddick-Adams concludes that the German assault was doomed to failure from the start. Aided by an intimate knowledge of the battlefield itself and over twenty years of personal battlefield experience, Caddick-Adams has produced the most compelling and complete account of the Bulge yet written.

FRAY
Over the past fifty years or so, I've read most of the works on Hitler’s 1944 Ardennes Offensive and I rate Peter Caddick-Adams’ "Snow and Steel" as the best in terms of not only informative detail but explaining the bigger picture and course of events. It is exceptionally well researched, well organized and superbly written. While many if not most works in English focus primarily on the American actions, organizations, and persons, the author covers the German side equally to include the actions and experience of many individual German soldiers. He provides a comprehensive description of German planning, preparation, and objectives of the operation. I found his discussion of historic and cultural aspects that influenced Hitler’s conception of the plan particularly fascinating. The penultimate chapter, “Punctuation Marks of History,” looks at the impact and influence of this major battle on subsequent history and current events. I enjoyed the work, learned from it, and recommend it to anyone interested in understanding the U.S. Army’s largest battle of World War II.
Bragis
You can easily see the diligent research and years of hard work and study that has gone into this book. Congratulations to Mr Caddick-Adams for a book that will probably be discussed alongside books by MacDonald, Cole and Parker.

With over 900 pages the book is deliberate, never hurrying to move on to the next topic. (Readers should be prepared for this deliberateness.) To conceptualize, the book is broken down into four parts. The first part begins with prehistory which consumes 260 pages. It not only covers the war situation like Operation Market-Garden and the Hurtgen Forest of the prior few months before the offensive but also briefly mentions Normandy, North Africa and Italy in an ancillary way. The importance of secrecy for the Germans in their preparations, the dislike of the offensive by many German commanders, the lack of trained grenadiers, transport trucks and fuel are just a few examples explained in this introduction. On the American side the risk of manning a thin defense along the German border and the intelligence failure are just two examples. The problems that arose for the Allies by not understanding Hitler's psyche is also included. The importance of weather, terrain, logistics and the physical conditions of both sides are also included. This is just a capsule summary; expect much more to this first section. The second and third parts houses the actual battle events of the offensive as well as the profiles of key officers and men that are expanded from the introduction. This section has 400 pages. The battle coverage is driven from the American perspective though there is plenty of German material. Battle coverage is ample for most readers but its not exhaustive; there are several books on the market that have greater coverage but overall the combined coverage of the operational and ancillary details makes this book an awesome competitor. The fourth part entails the post campaign thoughts of the author and uses about 60 pages. The rest of the book includes the Notes Section, Bibliography, Index and Appendix. From my perspective I enjoyed the first and last parts of the book the best for it added dimension to the middle of the book. The Notes Section, Bibliography and Glossary are exemplary. The abbreviated Order of Battle is also helpful as is the Officer Rank table if needed. There are also a number of good large scale, gray maps and a worthy photo gallery to study.

Part 2 begins the initial German attack along the entire line. Coverage starts in the south in 4th ID sector, moves north to the 28th ID sector then further north to the 106th ID sector. The 99th ID defending Elsenborn and the twin villages are then covered. Returning to the southern sector, Patton and his two corps driving north and a well rounded Bastogne story is revealed. On the German side, there is more relative material covered for 7th Army and especially 5th PzA than 6th SS PzA. I felt General Dietrich's Army could have been more fully covered. The affairs concerning Peiper, Heydte, Skorzeny are also included. I could give a day by day summary but I'll stop here as the end of the week is reached. Suffice it to say, the battlefield coverage is very good though not exhaustive and includes many first hand and ancillary accounts.

I was impressed with this battle coverage; it was an overall excellent effort by Mr Caddick-Adams. The author has married operational, personal and ancillary material into an informed story that has both breadth and depth and will give the reader a good overall understanding of this pivotal battle. It is highly recommended.
Ranicengi
Well written and researched.. The author breaks this confusing battle down into the simplest form. Before, during and after and even applies to Yom Kipper and to the Fulda Gap (where I was stationed in the 1980's). Peter starts us before the bulge and before Operation Market-Garden explaining the origins of Hitler's badly flawed plan. Even explains some of the historical and folk lore that Hitler used to base this plan on. The author goes into detail about the planning, the intelligence or lack there of on the Allied side as well as how the OKW viewed this as a "less than 10 percent" change of success. Much like many of the past debacles in our military history, all the warning signs were there, just not put together in order, or not passed on the right people. The author takes us into the minds, of Ike, Patton, Bradley and many more leaders as well as into the minds of the OKW as well. In addition to the big picture, he also takes us into the fox hole of the dog face's that fought as well as recollections of the German soldiers as well. He covers the infamous massacre and some facts behind it. What I liked the best was he broke this story into three areas of concentration: South - Center and Northern routes of advance. I've read a lot on the bulge and those books have been very confusing due to the other authors jumping back and forth. Caddick-Adams definitely does not do that. The book is a tad bit long though, guess it is due to the meticulous attention to detail he brings to the reader. Most excellent - I'd highly recommend this to any military history buff.
Fani
A brilliant account; though nothing will ever outdo John Eisenhower's "The Bitter Woods" in style, "Snow and Steel" is so comprehensive, and written by such an accomplished writer, that it comes about as close as is likely. And if Richard Overy, author of the best one-volume history of the war, "Why the Allies Won," says it's definitive, you have to take it into very serious consideration. Just a monumental book, and puts the Battle of the Bulge in its correct perspective: along with D-Day, Stalingrad, and Kursk, the four turning points of the war, and the most savage fighting seen during the war on the Western Front. Couldn't do better for a contemporary account.
NOTE: As some readers have said, and as is true of almost all contemporary accounts of the war, you will need some background. Military history is no longer taught (well, history itself, in the true sense, is no longer taught); and this is why John Eisenhower's account is still the pinnacle. You don't need any background for that, he explains the situations and the players completely, top to bottom. But Caddick-Adams is just fantastically comprehensive, and uses sources unavailable to Eisenhower's son. Try the two together, and you get it all.