The Battle for Western Europe, Fall 1944

The Battle for Western Europe, Fall 1944

An Operational Assessment
John A. Adams
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 04/09/2010
Format: Hardback 1 b&w illus., 20 maps
ISBN: 978-0-253-35435-8
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This engrossing and meticulously researched volume reexamines the decisions made by Dwight D. Eisenhower and his staff in the crucial months leading up to the Battle of the Bulge. In late August 1944 defeat of the Wehrmacht seemed assured. On December 16, however, the Germans counterattacked. Received wisdom says that Eisenhower’s Broad Front strategy caused his armies to stall in early September, and his subsequent failure to concentrate his forces brought about deadlock and opened the way for the German attack. Arguing to the contrary, John A. Adams demonstrates that Eisenhower and his staff at SHAEF had a good campaign strategy, refined to reflect developments on the ground, which had an excellent chance of destroying the Germans west of the Rhine.

Author Bio

John A. Adams is author of If Mahan Ran the Great Pacific War (IUP, 2008).


“In this meticulously researched volume, John A. Adams reexamines the crucial decisions of Dwight D. Eisenhower leading up to the Battle of the Bulge. Sure to engage the armchair strategist, he argues the controversial viewpoint that there was a refined, timely campaign strategy in place.”

“A book that is long overdue.”
 — David Zabecki, author, Steel Wind: Colonel Georg Bruchmuller and the Birth of Modern Artillery

“Adams' great achievement is including the necessary level of detail to support analysis of a broad spectrum of historical events without boring the reader. Scholars have already examined many of the topics Adams addresses, but they have seldom drawn them together in a coherent evaluation of operational challenges as Adams has. ”
 — Military Review

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Table of Contents

List of Maps
1. Culmination
2. Logistics
3. SHAEF's Plan
4. It Wasn't Arnhem versus Antwerp
5. Concentrate, General Bradley
6. Patton's Lorraine Campaign
7. November Rerun
8. Opportunity in the South
Conclusion: Unity of Command

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