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Book review: Ardennes 1944: Hitler’s Last Gamble by Antony Beevor

By Jay Elwes   May 2015

51RG6Jpa0AL(Penguin, £20) In late 1944, with Allied forces moving eastwards, Adolf Hitler mounted a counter attack of such savagery that it almost threw the course of the western war into reverse. Hitler thought he had identified an Allied weak point in the densely forested hill country of the Ardennes held by United States forces, an area extending across Belgium into Luxembourg. His plan was to punch through this region, cut the Allies in two and push back towards the crucial port of Antwerp. On 16th December the attack began with what was to…

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