Battle of the Bulge: The Untold Story of Hofen by Michael Looney

By Michael Looney

The conflict of the Bulge is a strive against and tour-of-duty biography approximately First Lt. George W. Looney, a ahead artillery observer within the 196th U.S. box Artillery. George Looney by no means advised a person his tale after he got here domestic from the battle in 1945. utilizing his own notes and records, his son Michael Looney has written a desirable ebook on his father's stories. On December 17, 1944, George all started calling the 196th's artillery hearth at the attacking Germans. Little did he be aware of the attackers have been Joachim Pieper's SS Blow Torch Battalion. Hitler ordered Pieper to take the crossroads and different roads within the Hofen zone in any respect charges. George Looney stopped them with 4 days of approximately nonstop artillery hearth by way of himself. He used to be safe in his third-story condominium window through a wide American infantry battalion. A riveting tale, significantly illustrated with George's personal pictures, maps, and diverse unseen conflict of the Bulge strive against pictures.

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