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    When the Odds Were Even: The Vosges Mountains Campaign, October 1944-January 1945 by Keith E. Bonn

    From Publishers Weekly

    Bonn's study of combat operations in the Vosges Mountains of France in late 1944 and early 1945 provides a rare opportunity to compare German and American armies in WW II. In this particular campaign, the two sides were more or less evenly matched in numbers of troops, weapons, supplies and support echelons. Bonn's scholarly work goes a long way toward demolishing the myth that German formations were, division for division, superior to their American counterparts. He ascribes the victory of Gen. Alexander Patch's Seventh Army over the Wehrmacht's Army Group G to superior training, organization and the flexibility of American combined-arms while executing sound tactical doctrine. He pays tribute to the battlefield performance of nonwhite units in the Vosges campaign. This account will reward serious students of operational warfare. Bonn is a serving infantry officer and former assistant professor of history at West Point. Illustrations.
    Copyright 1994
    I just stumbled upon this book in paperback at the local bookstore and had to pick it up. This is the first book I have found written about this campaign. My Granduncle was fighting in this campaign when he was killed (36th Division, 141st Reg't, Co. E) on 4JAN1945. I'm really looking forward to diving into this book.

    Have any of you read When the Odds Were Even and if so, what is your opinion of it?
    Vivos voco Mortuos plango Fulgura frango

    I call the living, I mourn the dead, I chase the lightning.


    From the Imre Nagy Memorial, Budapest Hungary

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    I read it a few years ago. Very interesting book. I can't remember a lot about it but my uncle fought there so that was a real plus for me.
    I would define true courage to be a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it.
    --William T. Sherman

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    • #3
      It's a very interesting book. It was one of the first to take issue with the idea that the Americans only defeated the Germans because of superior numbers and equipment. Bonn demonstrates that even without strong airpower and superior numbers, the U.S. Army could defeat the best the Germans could throw at them.
      "The legitimate object of war is a more perfect peace." General William T. Sherman , 20 July 1865

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      • #4
        It's a very good book. It also contains a good deal about the 442nd RCT who so distinguished themselves in Italy and also in the Vosges Campaign.

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        • #5
          A good book, highly recommended..............
          Lance W.

          Peace through superior firepower.

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          • #6
            Thanks for all the replies. I just finished Undaunted Courage and am about to start in on this one. It sounds like it's going to be a great read!
            Vivos voco Mortuos plango Fulgura frango

            I call the living, I mourn the dead, I chase the lightning.


            From the Imre Nagy Memorial, Budapest Hungary

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