On Tuesday 7 June Antony Beevor was made Commander of the Order of the Crown by the Belgian Government and received the decoration from the Ambassador of Belgium, H.E. Guy Trouveroy.
‘Antony Beevor, one of the finest narrative military historians now writing, is a master of revealing vignettes. . . Beevor captures the micro-events of battle brilliantly, the ambushes and firefights, the horrors of tanks swerving over foxholes to bury their inhabitants alive, tales of psychological collapse and superhuman courage. . . What makes Ardennes 1944 so effective, however, is not just the vividness of the prose, the clarity of the author’s presentation of tactical events, or his skill at evoking through description and careful quotation the look and even the smell of the battlefield, Beevor also does a brilliant job at weaving together the grand operational and tactical narratives.’ Eliot A. Cohen in The New York Times
Ardennes 1944 – The Battle of the Bulge
From the bestselling author of Stalingrad, Berlin and D-Day, Antony Beevor tells the story of Hitler’s ill-fated final offensive.
On 16 December, 1944, Hitler launched his ‘last gamble’ in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes. He believed he could split the Allies by driving all the way to Antwerp, then force the Canadians and the British out of the war. Although his 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. Many were exultant at the prospect of striking back.