The Longest Winter

The Longest Winter
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Published: 2005-10-25
ISBN13: 9780306814402
Goodreads Rating: 3.5
The epic story of the vastly outnumbered platoon that stopped Germany's leading assault in the Ardennes forest and prevented Hitler's most fearsome tanks from overtaking American positions. On the morning of December 16, 1944, eighteen men of the Intelligence and Reconnaissance platoon attached to the 99th Infantry Division found themselves directly in the path of the main thrust of Hitler's massive Ardennes offensive. Despite being vastly outnumbered, they were told to hold their position "at…

But their long winter was just beginning. As POWs, the platoon experienced an ordeal far worse than combat-surviving in wretched German POW camps. Yet miraculously the men of the platoon survived-all of them-and returned home after the war.

More than thirty years later, when President Carter recognized the platoon’s “extraordinary heroism” and the U.S. Army approved combat medals for all eighteen men, they became America’s most decorated platoon of World War II. With the same vivid and dramatic prose that made The Bedford Boys a national bestseller, Alex Kershaw brings to life the story of these little-known heroes-an epic tale of courage, duty, and survival in World War II and one of the most inspiring episodes in American history. The Longest Winter is an intensely human story about young men who find themselves in frightening wartime situations, who fight back instinctively, survive stoically, and live heroically.

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In The Longest Winter, Kershaw tells the story of one very small but significant slice of the history of the Battle of the Bulge. The readers are treated to the story of one platoon of 18 men with specialized talents whose skills were intended by the Army for a specific use and purpose. These men were a reconnaissance/intelligence platoon and were not meant in anyway as a combat unit but that is what happened to them and how they became unintended and major players in one of history’s most pivotal battles.

This is a story of the history of ordinary people engaged in real life and death struggles under the most horrific of circumstances. It is about what they suffered, endured, and survived and then continued on with their ordinary lives and never questioned their sacrifices or asked for compensation or reward for anything.

If you are interested in this period of our history, you won’t be disappointed with the book or its narration.




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The Longest Winter

The epic story of the vastly outnumbered platoon that stopped Germany's leading assault in the Ardennes forest and prevented Hitler's most fearsome tanks from overtaking American positions.

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