The Longest Winter by Alex Kershaw
The Battle of the Bulge and the Epic Story of WWII's Most Decorated Platoon

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From the author of the best-selling The Bedford Boys comes this epic story of courage and survival in World War II On a cold morning in December, 1944, deep in the Ardennes forest, a platoon of eighteen men under the command of twenty-year-old lieutenant Lyle Bouck were huddled in their foxholes trying desperately to keep warm. Suddenly, the early morning silence was broken by the roar of a huge artillery bombardment and the dreadful sound of approaching tanks. Hitler had launched his bold and risky offensive against the Allies - his "last gamble" - and the small American platoon was facing the main thrust of the entire German assault. Vastly outnumbered, they repulsed three German assaults in a fierce day-long battle, killing over five hundred German soldiers and defending a strategically vital hill. Only when Bouck's men had run out of ammunition did they surrender to the enemy. As POWs, Bouck's platoon began an ordeal far worse than combat - survival in captivity under trigger-happy German guards, Allied bombing raids, and a daily ration of only thin soup. In German POW camps, hundreds of captured Americans were either killed or died of disease, and most lost all hope. But the men of Bouck's platoon survived - miraculously, all of them. In vivid, dramatic prose, Alex Kershaw brings to life the story of America's most decorated small unit, and some of little-known heroes who played parts in this inspiring story.
 

About Alex Kershaw

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Alex Kershaw is the author of the widely acclaimed and bestselling books The Bedford Boys, The Longest Winter, and The Few, and two biographies: Jack London and Blood and Champagne: The Life and Times of Robert Capa. He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
 
Published November 23, 2004 by Da Capo Press. 326 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War, Professional & Technical, Religion & Spirituality, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Alex Kershaw celebrates a little-known but equally heroic group - the Intelligence and Reconnaissance Platoon, 394th Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division - in The Longest Winter.

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