Snow and Steel: Battle of the Bulge 1944-45

Written by Peter Caddick-Adams
Review by Doug Kemp

This is an immensely detailed and researched account of the German offensive from December 1944 to January 1945 to retake the Ardennes in northern France and Belgium, as part of a target to recapture Antwerp. It was a surprise attack and the US forces, in particular, suffered large casualties – in terms of numbers of killed soldiers it was their worst battle in World War Two. Eventually the offensive was stopped and the German forces pushed back.

The author places the battle in hugely detailed context leading up to the offensive and it is not just a bare account of the fighting, but a fully-rounded examination of all the circumstances of the conflict, including an assessment of the personalities of the leading participants. It is eminently readable and, despite its considerable length, an engaging volume that is both learned, accessible and entertaining.