Notes on one of the most infamous and bloody battles of World War II - from the German perspective.
As the Allied armies swept toward the Reich in late 1944, the German high command embarked on an ambitious plan to gain the initiative on the western front and deal a crippling blow to the Allied war effort. As early as August 1944, when the Germans were being crushed in the east and hammered in Normandy, Hitler was talking of an offensive aimed at destroying as many American and British divisions as possible in a massive surprise assault. By December 1944, Hitler was telling his generals, "the final decisions have been made, everything points to victory."
This volume consists of primary source material, including translations of German documentation and debriefs of German generals, edited by a foremost expert on this decisive campaign. The Battle of the Bulge presents the assessments by leading figures in the German high command, of the preparations for the offensive, the progress of the operation, and the performance of the Wehrmacht. There are accounts of Generaloberst Alfred Jodl, head of the high command of the armed forces; Schramm, the keeper of the Wehrmacht's war diary, transcripts of two of Hitler's key speeches to his generals; and much more.
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This certainly had potential because it is a story worth telling, but it was very hard to get through because the tale wandered aimlessly much of the time. The appendices were the most interesting part.
What made this entirely unenjoyable was the terrible pronunciation...even of simple names like Guderian. I wonder how an audio book publisher can possibly publish something where half of the names are mispronounced. Isn't that the whole job of an audiobook producer? And if I were the narrator and was not 100%sure how to pronounce something, I would look it up. Clearly, this narrator does not care one bit about his job performance.
Do yourself a favor and skip this audiobook...there are many more out there on a similar topic that can at least pronounce Manteufel.
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