Aachen

The U.S. Army's Battle for Charlemagne's City in World War II

Robert W. Baumer

This book chronicles the U.S. soldier's long six-week struggle at the Westwall of Germany, climaxing with the surrender of the ancient imperial city in October of 1944.
Publication date:
March 2015
Publisher :
Stackpole Books
Language:
English
Illustration :
38
Format Available     Quantity Price
Hardback
ISBN : 9780811714822

Dimensions : 229 X 152 mm
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£19.95

Overview
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• Dramatic story of the American battle for Aachen, the first city on German soil to fall to the Allies in World War II.

By September 1944, the Allied advance across France and Belgium had turned into one of attrition along the German frontier. Standing between the Allies and the Third Reich's industrial heartland was the city of Aachen, once the ancient seat of Charlemagne's empire and now firmly entrenched within Germany's Siegfried Line fortifications. The city was on the verge of capitulating until Hitler forbade surrender.
* Dramatic story of the American battle for Aachen, the first city on German soil to fall to the Allies in World War II.
* Chronicles the six weeks of hard combat for the city, culminating in eight days of fighting in the streets
* Details the involvement of some of the U.S. Army's finest units, including the 1st Infantry Division ("Big Red One"), the 30th Infantry Division ("Roosevelt's SS"), and the 2nd Armored Division ("Hell on Wheels")