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By Stanley Weintraub

ISBN-10: 0451223179

ISBN-13: 9780451223173

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ISBN-13: 9780743287104

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In 11 Days In December, grasp historian and biographer Stanley Weintraub tells the amazing tale of the conflict of the Bulge because it hasn't ever been instructed ahead of, from frozen foxholes to barn shelters to boxcars filled with wretched prisoners of warfare.

In overdue December 1944, because the conflict of the Bulge neared its climax, a German loudspeaker problem was once blared throughout GI strains within the Ardennes: "How do you want to die for Christmas?" within the inhospitable wooded area straddling Belgium, France, and Luxembourg, merely the dense, snow-laden evergreens recalled the season. such a lot troops not often knew the calendar day they have been attempting to pass though, or that it was once Hitler's final, determined attempt to change the war's final result.

but the ultimate Christmas season of worldwide battle II matched desperation with thought. whilst he used to be provided an ultimatum to give up the besieged Belgian city of Bastogne, Brigadier normal Anthony McAuliffe defied the Germans with the memorable one-word reaction, "Nuts!" And as common Patton prayed for transparent skies to permit very important airborne reinforcements to arrive his trapped males, he stood in a medieval chapel in Luxembourg and spoke to God as though to a commanding common: "Sir, whose part are you on?" His prayer was once spoke back. The skies cleared, the tide of conflict grew to become, and Allied victory in global warfare II was once guaranteed.

Christmas 1944 proved to be some of the most fateful days in international background. Many males did striking issues, and outstanding issues occurred to bland males. "A transparent chilly Christmas," Patton advised his diary, "lovely climate for killing Germans, which turns out a section queer, seeing whose birthday it is." Peace in the world and solid will towards males must wait.

11 Days in December is unforgettable.

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