If you have a term paper due on the controversy over the actual starting time of the Battle of St. Vith, you’ll want this book. Need to know the names, birthdates, matriculation and graduation, promotion sequences and other detailed information about each general officer and many colonels in the battle? This book is for you. Do you want the positions, personnel strengths, movements and origins of all the units in the battle from all sides, from north to south, east to west, day one to day 31? You got it all here. This book was developed as a result of The Ardennes Campaign Simulation Data Base (ACSDB for short). It is about as exciting as reading a database.
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. If you decide to tackle it, get some toothpicks to prop open the eyelids and brew some extra-strong coffee. Mind-numbing detail from start to finish with hardly a mention of anything dramatic. Rare inserts of little vignettes from participants. Quite an achievement to make the Battle of the Bulge as exciting as an EPA study on the impact of urban trees on childhood asthma…actually that is unfair to the EPA. 5 Stars for accuracy but 2 Stars for presentation
What is good about the book? Exceptional details on all the units, mostly outstanding maps of actions day-by-day, good summary of the interplay between the Allied generals. Also a good summary of the German generals and what they were dealing with. You get detailed orders of battle for every unit before and after the campaign, where each unit was employed, how each major formation was organized, etc. This book will be a fantastic resource for any researcher or someone planning a battlefield tour. It definitely is not a book to comprehend the true drama of this event. Not for general consumption!