The Tigers of Bastogne

The gallant stand of the 101st Airborne Division at Bastogne has long become part of historical and media legend. But how many students of the war realize there was already a U.S. unit holding the town when they arrived? And this unit-the 10th Armored Division-continued to play a major role in its defense throughout the German onslaught.In The Tigers of Bastogne, authors King and Collins finally detail the travails of this young armored division, which had only arrived in Europe that fall, yet found itself subject to the full brunt of Manteuffel’s Fifth Panzer Army in the Ardennes. At first overwhelmed, and then falling back to protect the vital crossroads, the 10th Armored was reinforced (not “saved”) by the Screaming Eagles, and its men and tanks went on to contribute largely to America’s victory in its largest battle of the war.The 10th Armored had only arrived in Europe that September, as part of Patton’s Third Army, and their divisional motto, “Terrify and Destroy,” was somewhat belied by the onslaught of Nazi panzers that burst across no-man’s-land on December 16. Instead their nickname, “The Tiger Division,” became fully earned, as they went on the defensive at Bastogne, surrounded by an entire German army, yet refused to concede a single inch of ground not earned with blood.General Anthony McAuliffe, of the 101st Airborne (and “Nuts” fame), said, “It seems regrettable to me that Combat Command B of the 10th Armored Division didn’t get the credit it deserved at the battle of Bastogne. All the newspaper and radio talk was about the paratroopers. Actually the 10th Armored Division was in there a day before we were and had some very hard fighting before we ever got into it.”Fortunately, in this book, the historical record is finally corrected. With their trademark style, King and Collins, through their firsthand interviews with veterans, bring us straight into the combats of the 10th Armored, equaling the balance between the brave paratroopers and gallant tankers who, together, held off Germany’s last major offensive in the West.
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Voices of the Bulge

voices-of-the-bulge-cover2Untold Stories from Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge

by Michael Collins and Martin King

It was the battle to end all battles—an offensive designed to shift the momentum of a fading war back into German hands. With almost one million soldiers eventually taking part in the fighting, and casualties reaching unfathomable proportions, it was an battle that would, in many ways, define the war for generations to come.
The massive German counteroffensive operation, codenamed Wacht am Rhein (Watch on the Rhine), was launched in the early morning hours of December 16, 1944. To most Americans, the fierce combat that raged across the Belgian countryside from December 1944 through January 1945 would soon be known as “the Battle of the Bulge.”
While many books have been written on the now-legendary battle, few, if any, have been able to respectfully and compellingly capture both sides of the conflict equally. Until now.
Filmmakers Michael Collins and Martin King, producers of the documentary Voices of the Bulge, bring you this companion oral history, featuring those same voices from the film and many others. Collins and King spent more than twelve years researching, interviewing, and compiling information for the book and film. They collected accounts from both military and civilian sources and from both sides of the battle. The result is an important and riveting account of the Battle of the Bulge, where the struggle is relived by the survivors who did the fighting and the civilians who witnessed the heroic effort.

Told through numerous first-person accounts taken from the authors’ interviews of American officers and enlisted personnel who successfully repelled the German attack with their courage and blood, the story of the American struggle is uniquely and vividly portrayed here. To provide a well-rounded perspective, however, German veterans, including SS soldiers, were also interviewed by the authors after decades of silence. They give eyewitness accounts of the massive German buildup and onslaught that threatened to turn the tide of the battle in Western Europe and made it one of the most crucial battles in the history of the free world. This incredibly rare and complete perspective of events gives Voices of the Bulge a unique place among histories of this crucial campaign.
Complete with a DVD of Collins and King’s documentary of the same name, Voices of the Bulge is a fitting tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice and to those veterans who persevered to finally tell their stories.