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By September 1944, the Allied advance across France and Belgium had turned into one of attrition along the German frontier. Standing between the Allies and the Third Reich's industrial heartland was the city of Aachen, once the ancient seat of Charlemagne's empire and now firmly entrenched within Germany's Siegfried Line fortifications. The city was on the verge of capitulating until Hitler forbade surrender. * Dramatic story of the American battle for Aachen, the first city on German soil to fall to the Allies in World War II. * Chronicles the six weeks of hard combat for the city, culminating in eight days of fighting in the streets * Details the involvement of some of the U.S. Army's finest units, including the 1st Infantry Division ("Big Red One"), the 30th Infantry Division ("Roosevelt's SS"), and the 2nd Armored Division ("Hell on Wheels")
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Robert W. Baumer, a graduate of the University of Illinois, has been writing about World War II for twenty years. He is a former columnist for Armchair General, author of Aachen: The U.S. Army's Battle for Charlemagne's City in World War II (978-0-8117-1482-2), and coauthor with Mark Reardon of American Iliad: The 18th Infantry Regiment in World War II (978-0-9717650-5-4).


"Baumer's outstanding new examination of 'Bloody Aachen' details all of the horrific October 2-21, 1944 battle fought by GIs to capture the first major German city in World War II's European Theater....The author describes how GIs endured, then triumphed, in the 'brutal fields of death' created by the street-to-street, building-to-building urban combat."--Jerry D. Morelock""Armchair General"" (05/15/2015)

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