When Hitler's huge counterattack was overwhelming First U.S. Army's thin line in the Ardennes Forest in December 1944, the 10th Armored Division of Patton's Third Army secretly roared 75 miles north overnight, flung its tanks in front of the German panzers at Bastogne--and held. This book, rich with new accounts of the men who fought there, is written by one of them. It will help history catch up to the too-long-secret dimension of one division's stand which its corps commander said he doubted any armored unit in the U.S. Army could parallel.
Pulitzer Prize winner Eugene Patterson is the former editor of the Atlanta Constitution and managing editor of the Washington Post. For the seventeen years before he retired, he served as editor, chairman, and CEO of the St. Petersburg Times. He won the 1967 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing at the Atlanta Constitution for his columns and editorials supporting civil rights for black Americans. He won the Silver Star and the Bronze Star with oak-leaf cluster during World War II combat in Europe with the Tenth Armored Division of Patton’s Third Army. He holds honorary degrees from fifteen institutions including Harvard, Duke, Emory, and Indiana universities.