Advance and Destroy: Patton as Commander in the Bulge

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Acknowledgments

This book has been in the works for many years, and I cannot thank every person who assisted in its development. However, a few thanks are in order to the following people: Roger Beaumont, Ira Hunt Jr., Dan Crosswell, David O’Keefe, Harold Winton, Herb Pankratz, Richard Sommers, Timothy Nenninger, and Tim Frank. Special thanks go to my longtime friend and colleague Roger Cirillo at the Association of the United States Army. Roger made a significant contribution to this study, and his knowledge of the Ardennes campaign is profound. I peppered him with questions, and he patiently replied in detail to every one. Our correspondence alone would be a valuable collection for graduate students. His assistance was invaluable as I made my way through the pitfalls of writing operational history.

Thanks are also due to my current boss, Lieutenant Colonel Shaun Tymchuk in the Directorate of Army Training Professional Development section, for encouraging me in my studies and for providing me the opportunity to finish the book.

Finally, my darling wife Melissa Leigh remained steadfast during the writing of yet another book.

Any errors or omissions in the text and maps are mine alone.

-xvii-

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Key to the Maps xiii
  • Series Editor’s Foreword xv
  • Acknowledgments xvii
  • Abbreviations xix
  • Studying Patton 1
  • Part I- The Road to the Bulge 11
  • 1- Origin of the Ardennes Counteroffensive 13
  • 2- The Opposing Armies in December 1944 25
  • Part II- Panzers in the Ardennes 53
  • 3- Onslaught 55
  • 4- Enter Patton 73
  • 5- The Verdun Conference 94
  • Part III- Descent on Bastogne 111
  • 6- The Ninety-Degree Turn 113
  • 7- Third Army Attacks, December 22–23 137
  • 8- A Rendezvous with Eagles, December 24–26 166
  • Part IV- The Incomplete Victory 179
  • 9- Patton’s Alternative Lines of Action 181
  • 10- Path to Attrition, December 27–29 200
  • 11- Slugging Match, December 30–31 226
  • 12- Culmination, January 1–4 241
  • 13- The Harlange Pocket, January 5–8 261
  • 14- No Risk, No Reward, January 9–25 275
  • 15- Assessment 303
  • Appendixes 325
  • Notes 355
  • Selected Bibliography 427
  • Index of Military Units 447
  • General Index 472
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