Office of the Chief of Military History United States Army, Washington D.C., rep., 1983. Xxii + 720 pp., numerous photo-ills., + plans + 10 cold., + fldg., maps at rear. Original green cloth ; gilt ; 25 x 18cm. Maps have been detached at rear and re-attached ; small owner's bookplate to f.f.e.p., (blank) o/w V.G. During most of the eleven months between D-day and V-E day in Europe, the U.S. Army was carrying on highly successful offensive operations. As a consequence, the American soldier was buoyed with success, imbued with the idea that his enemy could not strike him a really heavy counterblow, and sustained by the conviction that the war was nearly won. Then, unbelievably, and under the goad of Hitler's fanaticism, the Germany Army launched its powerful counteroffensive in the Ardennes in December 1944 with the design of knifing through the Allied armies and forcing a negotiated peace. This is the official story of how the Germans planned and executed their offensive. It describes how the high command, American and British, reacted to defeat the German plan once the reality of a German offensive was accepted. With an Index, photographs, illustrations and ten coloured and folding maps, this is the official U.S Army history of the Ardennes campaign.