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The Bloody Forest: Battle for the Hurtgen: September 1944-January 1945

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For nearly five months, starting in mid-September 1944, American GIs battled for the Hurtgen Forest, a 50-square mile tract of extremely inhospitable terrain.


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For nearly five months, starting in mid-September 1944, American GIs battled for the Hurtgen Forest, a 50-square mile tract of extremely inhospitable terrain.

30 review for The Bloody Forest: Battle for the Hurtgen: September 1944-January 1945

  1. 4 out of 5

    Corky

    another great account of the horror that was the Hurtgen.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tony

    A hard read for many reasons. The sad waste of 24,000 GI's lives, for nothing. The way the top Brass get away with slaughtering thousands of lives, to move pins on a map, without ever going to see the hell the troops were going through. The book itself is made up of amazing first hand knowledge from the soldiers themselves. But I just couldn't work out what was going on and where and who. Reading "About a mile northeast of Gressenich was the objective of 1st Division 16th Infantry..." I needed m A hard read for many reasons. The sad waste of 24,000 GI's lives, for nothing. The way the top Brass get away with slaughtering thousands of lives, to move pins on a map, without ever going to see the hell the troops were going through. The book itself is made up of amazing first hand knowledge from the soldiers themselves. But I just couldn't work out what was going on and where and who. Reading "About a mile northeast of Gressenich was the objective of 1st Division 16th Infantry..." I needed maps showing troop movements and who they are. But I'm glad I have read this, it has given me and understanding and appreciation of the sacrifice of these men.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carsten

    What a mess! Not only the battle(s) but also the book. It's poorly stitched together first-hand accounts. And while these accounts are certainly very interesting, the rest of the book does them a disservice. Not a single useful map, the formatting makes it virtually impossible to distinguish where one story ends and the next starts, and the author's rare commentary is not helping either. It's a pity, for the men whose stories are being told deserve better. What a mess! Not only the battle(s) but also the book. It's poorly stitched together first-hand accounts. And while these accounts are certainly very interesting, the rest of the book does them a disservice. Not a single useful map, the formatting makes it virtually impossible to distinguish where one story ends and the next starts, and the author's rare commentary is not helping either. It's a pity, for the men whose stories are being told deserve better.

  4. 4 out of 5

    John Nellis

    This book was a good oral history of the battle of the Hurtgen forest. It gave a good overview of the campaign with lots of first hand accounts. The author has written many oral histories of American troops in world war two. I have read several of his other works. I liked thisbook in particular, because it dealt with a battle not a lot of books have covered.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Matt Peterson

    Amazing book about a forgotten battle. First-hand accounts of the batttle make it hit a personal note and give you a feeling of actually being there.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Art

    A good account of the battle told with lots of first person accounts in the author's style. It's toward the top of the list of the Hurtgen Forrest books I've read. A good account of the battle told with lots of first person accounts in the author's style. It's toward the top of the list of the Hurtgen Forrest books I've read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Excellent oral account of the Hurtgen forest and the various debacles that cost the US more casualties than the Germans. Raw, honest, and moving par for the course for Astor.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Pat

  9. 5 out of 5

    René Hirsch

  10. 5 out of 5

    Vincent Hughes

  11. 5 out of 5

    Charles McWee

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ckk527

  13. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Hackney

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michael Fox

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marc

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth Nordqvist

  17. 4 out of 5

    Wes Gray

  18. 4 out of 5

    Łukasz Chlebowski

  19. 4 out of 5

    Chuck

  20. 4 out of 5

    Helen C

  21. 4 out of 5

    Peter

  22. 5 out of 5

    Louis Pofi

  23. 4 out of 5

    Richard Slack

  24. 4 out of 5

    Neet

  25. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Lueck

  26. 4 out of 5

    Eric Walters

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

  28. 4 out of 5

    steven zisk

  29. 5 out of 5

    René Hirsch

  30. 4 out of 5

    Peter Doornekamp

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