Ardennes 1944: Hitler's Last Gamble. Antony Beevor.
Ardennes 1944: Hitler's Last Gamble
Ardennes 1944: Hitler's Last Gamble
Ardennes 1944: Hitler's Last Gamble
Ardennes 1944: Hitler's Last Gamble
Ardennes 1944: Hitler's Last Gamble
Ardennes 1944: Hitler's Last Gamble
Ardennes 1944: Hitler's Last Gamble

Ardennes 1944: Hitler's Last Gamble

ISBN: 9780670918645
London, England: Viking/ Penguin Random House UK, 2015. First UK Edition. Hardcover. Signed by Antony Beevor. "On 16 December 1944, (Adolf) Hitler launched his 'last gamble' in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes. He believed he could split the allies by driving all the way to Antwerp, then force the Canadians and the British out of the war. Although his generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east. Many were exultant at the prospect of striking back. The Ardennes offensive, with more than a million men involved, became the greatest battle of the war in western Europe." (from front flap) The story of "The Battle of the Bulge" as it has come to be called, the last gasp-epic scale final offensive of the Third Reich against the Allied Armies during the late stage of the Second World War. Antony Beevor, the prize-winning, acclaimed & prolific British historian (& a favorite of this writer), is the author of this riveting, detailed & yet fast-moving account. With three sections of photographs, maps, notes & a select bibliography. Hardcover in unclipped first-issue dust jacket (with 25 British Pounds price printed on front flap), first UK edition (contemporaneous or preceding first American edition), first printing as indicated by "001" on copyright page. On the title page, below his printed name, Beevor has hand-written his signature & the date "15: 8: 15" (August 15, 2015) in bold black ink. An essential Beevor collectible, especially rare with this signature from right about the time of publication; probably the finest & certainly most readable account of this key WWII battle. Book in very fine condition, virtually mint inside & out except for tiny bumps at lower corners of a few page leaves. Dust jacket also very fine with only a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of front, back covers, spine & flaps. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #4810]

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