The Battle of the Bulge - Part I - Operations of the 3rd Fallschirmjäger Division.

First book of a new series of books on the 2nd  phase of the Battle of the Bulge  - the pushback of the German Army.

Basics:
Soft cover, 8.5"x11", ~125 pages, black & white photographs and color photographs, maps, copies of original documents.

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Description:

This book describes the action in the area southeast of Malmédy, the area controlled during the later part of the Battle of the Bulge by elements of the German 3rd Fallschirmjäger Division between Christmas 1944 and the end of January 1945. This book gives a detailed overview of what happened after the German opening attack came to a standstill, and where the German 3rd Fallschirmjäger Division, after initial success, was trying to stop the American counterattack that started in late January.

The US units that had been in action since the opening days of the battle, and facing a enemy determined to hold its positions, were thrown back into battle to push the Germans back to where they started the offensive. Likewise, the German troops, exhausted from fighting since the first day of the battle, without proper food or clothing and receiving relatively no replacements of equipment or men lost during the heavy fighting, were facing an enemy similarly determined to push them back.

FOREWORD
This book "The Battle of the Bulge - Operations of the 3rd Fallschirmjäger Division between Christmas 1944 and January 1945," describes more than just the battles that took place in the Ardennes from 16 December 1944 until the end of January 1945. It tells of the conflict between two opposing Armies in the Northern Shoulder of the Ardennes in Belgium and revolves around the men who served their countries in this pitched engagement. These men were not household names such as Dwight Eisenhower, George Patton, Gerd von Rundstedt and Sepp Dietrich, generals in command during this horrendous battle in the Ardennes in 1944 – 1945, but they were heroes in every sense of the word.  They fought valiantly for their countries, and in my opinion died in vain.  <>

As I write this on a cold winter day in Powhatan, Virginia, I think about the cold and deep snow in the Ardennes 61 years ago and what these soldiers were going through. The pictures and graphics help to relay the extreme conditions that the soldiers experienced.  American and German soldiers were locked in mortal combat during the most festive holiday season, Christmas, a time of rejoicing, merriment and of course, family. Letters and thoughts of these young men, both American and German, turn to their God, family and comrades in arms. The author has a unique gift for using the documents, pictures, personal thoughts and private letters and weaving them into a mosaic about the Battle of the Bulge in the Northern Shoulder.

The writer is a historian in every sense of the word. He has once again been able to capture and place into words the life of these soldiers and what they experienced in this battle in December 1944 and January 1945. It is gifts to be able to have these men’s thoughts come alive on paper and to give a true account of the Battle of the Bulge in the Northern Shoulder.  By gaining the trust and respect of living American and German soldiers and the families of soldiers who lost their lives in the Ardennes in 1944 and 1945, he gives the reader an accurate picture of the unbelievable endurance of the soldiers during the most extreme conditions.

I also think about my father, Hauptmann Heinz Fick, 2nd Company, 1st Battalion, Fallschirmjäger Regiment 9 of the 3rd Fallschirmjäger Division who fell in Amel on 20 January 1945 and now lies in his eternal rest in the German soldier’s cemetery in Recogne-Bastogne with nearly 7,000 other German soldiers. A visit to the American cemetery at Henri-Chapelle took my breath away to see the 7,800 white crosses of the Americans buried with their comrades in this truly beautiful setting in the Ardennes. I make reference to these cemeteries, because this story has brought home to me the utter senselessness of this battle.  The pictures and words in this book are about men who gave their lives and futures for their countries. An individual can do no more for country and family.

In closing, this is an outstanding book that has been written. My friend, thanks for taking the time to put this book together so that the men who fought and some who gave their lives will be forever remembered in history. I also feel that other family members, like me, whose loved ones fell in the Battle of the Bulge, will get a true sense of what these men endured. May God be with all those American and German soldiers who have told their story so that generations can remember those who fought in this epic conflict.

Respectfully Submitted,

Heinrich A. Gideons / Son of Hauptmann Heinz Fick