The Longest Winter
The Epic Story of World War II's Most Decorated Platoon
A cold winter morning in the Ardennes Forest, 1944, and Hitler launches his last and most audacious attack on the unprepared Allies. Standing between the German forces and the desperately regrouping Allies were just eighteen young Americans, hidden in fox holes.
In a fierce day-long battle, this small band of soldiers repulsed the German attack three times, inflicting severe casualties and defending a strategically vital hill despite being vastly outnumbered. They surrendered only when they ran out of ammunition. But then the real battle for survival began ...
Alex Kershaw's brilliant account draws on the words of the decorated men who fought this heroic action, bringing vividly to life their struggle on the battlefield and later off it - as POWs.
Praise for The Longest Winter
Kershaw digs deep into the folk memories of the young men who survived virtually impossible odds, blending their accounts seamlessly into the harrowing narrative of battle. His journalistic approach is brilliantly complemented by his intimate, sharp, plain proseHerald