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Honor can never be left behind. Sixty years ago, as Allied forces pushed across Europe, the Nazis launched a desperate, overwhelming attack that caught them unprepared, setting off what would become known as one of the bloodiest, most brutal battles in human history: the Battle of the Bulge. Then, more than half a century after the last shots of World War II were fired, a Honor can never be left behind. Sixty years ago, as Allied forces pushed across Europe, the Nazis launched a desperate, overwhelming attack that caught them unprepared, setting off what would become known as one of the bloodiest, most brutal battles in human history: the Battle of the Bulge. Then, more than half a century after the last shots of World War II were fired, a team of forensic scientists and relic hunters enlisted the aid of several veterans of the Bulge for one last mission: to return to the battle site and recover the lost remains of their brothers-in-arms, to ensure they would be buried with all the honors they deserve. Written by a member of the expedition, this is a story of loyalty and the bonds of war, a compelling scientific mystery, and a long-awaited homecoming for families who waited decades for the return of their loved ones. Also included is a CD/DVD with additional images from the expedition, as well as other supplemental materials. CD-ROM INCLUDES: Slideshow image collection of the search for missing soldiers from the Battle of the Bulge, including recovered artifacts, wartime photos, and profiles of the missing soldiers.


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Honor can never be left behind. Sixty years ago, as Allied forces pushed across Europe, the Nazis launched a desperate, overwhelming attack that caught them unprepared, setting off what would become known as one of the bloodiest, most brutal battles in human history: the Battle of the Bulge. Then, more than half a century after the last shots of World War II were fired, a Honor can never be left behind. Sixty years ago, as Allied forces pushed across Europe, the Nazis launched a desperate, overwhelming attack that caught them unprepared, setting off what would become known as one of the bloodiest, most brutal battles in human history: the Battle of the Bulge. Then, more than half a century after the last shots of World War II were fired, a team of forensic scientists and relic hunters enlisted the aid of several veterans of the Bulge for one last mission: to return to the battle site and recover the lost remains of their brothers-in-arms, to ensure they would be buried with all the honors they deserve. Written by a member of the expedition, this is a story of loyalty and the bonds of war, a compelling scientific mystery, and a long-awaited homecoming for families who waited decades for the return of their loved ones. Also included is a CD/DVD with additional images from the expedition, as well as other supplemental materials. CD-ROM INCLUDES: Slideshow image collection of the search for missing soldiers from the Battle of the Bulge, including recovered artifacts, wartime photos, and profiles of the missing soldiers.

40 review for The Dead of Winter: How Battlefield Investigators, WWII Veterans, and Forensic Scientists Solved the Mystery of the Bulge's Lost Soldiers

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Holik

    What a powerful book! I have done genealogical research on my family’s World War II soldiers, almost all of whom died in service. I have worked with military records (IDPFs, Morning Reports, After Action Reports, and Unit Histories to name a few.) I have seen some X-files, the files for those soldiers who were unidentified at the time of burial. I have never worked on a MIA case ……yet. I suspect this is in my future. This book is an excellent example of the research conducted by historians, genea What a powerful book! I have done genealogical research on my family’s World War II soldiers, almost all of whom died in service. I have worked with military records (IDPFs, Morning Reports, After Action Reports, and Unit Histories to name a few.) I have seen some X-files, the files for those soldiers who were unidentified at the time of burial. I have never worked on a MIA case ……yet. I suspect this is in my future. This book is an excellent example of the research conducted by historians, genealogists, forensic scientists, veterans, and those who live in Europe who dig for artifacts and those who were declared Missing. Every genealogist researching WWII ancestors should read this book because it provides an excellent storyline while incorporating the research conducted, the process of locating the Missing, the records used, and the timeline of events. Just as genealogy is not easy, neither is researching the lives, deaths, and burial locations of our Missing. One thing that struck me as I finished the book was that there is no central repository of information. The government has JPAC and other organizations dedicated to various components of this search, recovery, and identification process. There are numerous historians, battlefield investigators (many of whom do this research on their own time and dime), genealogists, and others who request and analyze data in the search for the Missing. Can you imagine how much faster the process could become if there was a way for everyone to work together? What a concept right? Cooperation? Sharing of information? I’m no expert on what the U.S. government is doing currently with the location, recovery, and identification of the Missing, but from what little I have read, things are not quite the way some would wish them to be. Long delays and inadequate funding are a few issues. One of the best things about this book I feel, are the stories. The author not only explained the research, recovery, and identification process, but brought to life the soldiers that were Missing. He brought to life the stories of the soldiers who survived and helped in the research process. The STORIES are so important. It is something I strive to teach people when I lecture and through my soon to be released books. Write those family stories even if you have only that. A story. Write it. The research will come of course and you’ll add and modify the family story according to records. But you must start somewhere. I challenge you in 2014 to WRITE the stories of your military ancestors.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jill Miclean

    I absolutely loved this book!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Matt Mickletz

    A great book I hadn't considered at first. A friend put a copy in my hand and said to read it, so I did :) I'm glad too. While I enjoy detailed accounts of WWII soldiers, this book delved deeper. It manages to take you from past to present and back again, making incredible links all along. You can't help but admire the people in it and want to jump right in.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sabur76

    Very interesting. I'm a WWII history buff so of course this book appeals to me. Great story about searching the Ardennes for the remains of US soldiers who were killed during the Battle of the Bulge.

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