Delta Tank wrote:Pips wrote:Highly recommend "The Battle of the Bulge, Britain's Untold Story" by Charles Whiting.
Rarely mentioned in history books, the British contribution the the final victory in the Bulge is all but unknown. The decision was deliberate, based on politics at the time and the need to mend Anglo-American relations. Yet it was Montgomery who commanded more US troops for most of the battle than did 12th Army Group Commander General Bradley. It was Montgomery too who had three (3) divisions on their way to the Front two days before Patton's celebrated turn-around and drive north to Bastogne. And it was the combined British/American force that stopped the German armoured divisions heading to the key target of the bridges over the Meuse.
No one denies that the battle fo the Bulge was a great victory for American troops. Yet to better understand just how the battle progressed, the forces at play throughout the area, and to pay honor to the 2,500 British troops who died in the battle; the above book is required reading IMHO.
Can you back up this assertion with a book that does not quote this book as its source? I think this is bullshit, or close to bullshit.
I realize you are retired Military, but maybe holding back on the saltier language however accurate it may be is a good idea. As to your issues with the Charles Whiting support cited by Pips, Whiting is not my favorite author to put it politely. His book on the Huertgen Forest battle spent too much time seeing it as a foreshadowing of what would happen in Vietnam and bashing William Westmoreland than telling the tale.