WEST WALL: BATTLE FOR HITLER'S SIEGFRIED LINE. By Charles Whiting. Adolf Hitler intended the "West Wall" Siegfried Line to be the ultimate defender of his much vaunted 1,000-year Reich. Constructed in the utmost secrecy and at enormous cost, the SIEGFRIED LINE is judged to have prolonged the war in Europe by six months.
The battle for the Siegfried Line was the key battle in the entire war in Western Europe, raging along a 350-mile front for six bloody months at a cost of over 250,000 American, British, Canadian and French casualties. Significant battles detailed include Aachen, Ardennes, Hurtgen Forest, the Maginot Line, Rhine River, Sauer River, Saar, Our River and more.
The primary U.S. units included the 4th Infantry Division; 28th Infantry Division, 84th Infantry Division; 76th Infantry Division, Patton's Third Army, the Seventh Army, 10th Armored Division, 5th Armored and other participating units. This comprehensive work also includes the British, Canadian and German divisions participating in the fighting.
Description: Over 60 years after Adolf Hitler ordered its construction, the West Wall fortification system (or "Siegfried Line" as it was known in Britain) still survives. Overcoming the West Wall and the numerous river and forest obstacles integral to it was the culminating campaign of World War II in Europe. Best-selling World War II historian Charles Whiting served in an armored reconnaissance regiment that was attached to both British and American units during the campaign. His comprehensive coverage of the West Wall battles will be the first to recognize them as part of a single grand campaign.
Charles Whiting's vivid account brings to life not only the massive armies of the campaign but the famous personalities like George Patton, Bernard Montgomery, Omar Bradley and Walther Model who took part in the struggle for the West Wall.
Whiting is an authority on Ernest Hemingway's wartime career and many will be surprised at how large a role the famous author, theoretically just a war correspondent, played in the campaign. West Wall's detailed text is backed up by 32 photos, 5 maps, a bibliography, and an appendix with little-known information about the final fate of the battle's leading participants.
240 pages supported by 32 photos, 4 maps, bibliography, appendix and detailed index.
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