The Moscow Times reported on 12 October that ‘Russia’s Defense Ministry will deploy a special scholarly unit to its central archive to defend against “falsifications” in accounts of the Soviet Red Army’s conduct during World War II. . . According to Interfax, the new special companies of information warriors – who will combat historical narratives such as those forwarded by Beevor – will be formed of young specialists in history, social sciences and related humanities subjects’.
Ardennes 1944 was the only book by a foreign author on the shortlist for the 2015 Prix Medicis in France.
‘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
‘A concise and powerful narrative of the biggest, bloodiest and most desperate battle of the war in Western Europe. . . One reason Beevor is such a great historian is his ability to convey a vision of the epic without losing touch with the individual stories that bring war home to the average reader. . . Beevor could lay claim to being the greatest historian of the war in the west and in Russia.’ Dallas Morning News
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.