The No. 1 Bestseller: Hitler's ill-fated final stand, from the bestselling author of Stalingrad, Berlin andD-Day
On 16 December 1944, Hitler launched his 'last gamble' in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes on the Belgian/German border. Although Hitler's generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east. The Ardennes offensive, with more than a million men involved, became the greatest battle of the war in western Europe.
In January 1945, when the Red Army launched its onslaught towards Berlin, the once-feared German war machine was revealed to be broken beyond repair. The Ardennes was the battle which finally broke the Wehrmacht.
“Wonderfully compelling. Beevor's gripping, beautifully written narrative moves seamlessly from the generals' command posts to the privates in their snow-covered foxholes, and confirms him as the finest chronicler of war in the business”
Saul David, Observer
“Enthralling. Beevor's day-by-day account is rich in detail and drama”
Francis Wheen, Daily Mail
“Captivating. Every bit as impeccably researched, insightfully observed and superbly written as its bestselling predecessors”
“A formidable, action-packed, densely informed narrative. Plunges us straight in at ground level. Beevor is a field marshal of facts, organizing his armies of chaotic and swift-moving events and reaching a punchy conclusion”
Nicholas Shakespeare, Daily Telegraph
“The master of war”