The Americans and Germans at Bastogne written by Gary Sterne and published by Pen and Sword Books – £25.00 – Hardback – Pages 291

This book is one of the better books in my opinion about war and battles in that it talks about everyday battles from the viewpoints of every day soldier, or in the case the commanders there in battle. This tells the story in which the situation hung in the balance and involved a lot of bloodshed. The book looks at the everyday accounts and actions of the commanders from both sides and the book clearly shows the clear situations each commander found themselves in from their point of view. This book is not about taking the viewpoint of one side or the other, it shows the story from both sides

The book contains excellent reports and interviews from all round and these are accompanied by illustrated maps, reports and diagrams which help tell the story of the unfolding battle. The book also contains a number of excellent and clear photographs and at the back of the book is a comprehensive list of names and war information on both sides, which I found to very informative and helpful as it does the book and story credit. In one of the war’s closely fought battles, this book tells a robust and closely fought story. I credit the author for having written and excellent book and I would think that this would really appeal to most world war two military historians. If I had one criticism, it would be that I would have preferred the knowledge and accounts from the ordinary soldier rather than the commanders. I would give this book a very good 4.5 star rating. Plus I really enjoyed the font used throughout the book, as a reviewer it made a nice change.

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