By Joseph Balkoski
"Joseph Balkoski is the pinnacle dwelling D-Day historian." --USA Today
"Balkoski has fingertip command of his resources, and a feeling of the dramatic that by no means loses contact with the brutal realities of combat." --Dennis Showalter, prior president of the Society for army heritage and writer of Patton and Rommel
maintains Balkoski's acclaimed multivolume heritage of the U.S. twenty ninth Infantry department in international battle II* Covers the division's important function within the U.S. Army's November offensive, which Gen. Omar Bradley was hoping may get the Allies to the Rhine River via Christmas* A riveting tale of heroism and tragedy, in which millions of 29ers grew to become casualties in a crusade that eventually didn't finish the battle* Balkoski blends meticulous study with masterful storytelling
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Extra resources for Our Tortured Souls: The 29th Infantry Division in the Rhineland, November - December 1944
Montgomery’s carefully prepared attack on El Agheila was planned to start on the night of 16–17 December. On 26 November Lt. Gen. Leese and his XXX Corps took over the forward area from X Corps. The corps now comprised 7th Armoured, 51st (Highland) and the New Zealand Divisions. The plan was for X Corps to withdraw to the Benghazi area to act as a reserve in the event that Rommel staged one of his remarkable comebacks. Montgomery’s plan of attack was conventional. He decided on a frontal assault near the coast by 51st and 7th Armoured Divisions to pin down the defences, whilst a wide sweep through the desert to the south by the New Zealand Division would get behind the line and seal Rommel’s forces in a trap.
On 26 November Lt. Gen. Leese and his XXX Corps took over the forward area from X Corps. The corps now comprised 7th Armoured, 51st (Highland) and the New Zealand Divisions. The plan was for X Corps to withdraw to the Benghazi area to act as a reserve in the event that Rommel staged one of his remarkable comebacks. Montgomery’s plan of attack was conventional. He decided on a frontal assault near the coast by 51st and 7th Armoured Divisions to pin down the defences, whilst a wide sweep through the desert to the south by the New Zealand Division would get behind the line and seal Rommel’s forces in a trap.
Tripoli might be politically important for the Italians, but to Rommel its possession now counted for little. His new objective was a complete retreat from Tripolitania into Tunisia. After almost two years’ campaigning, the Desert Fox was abandoning Libya and his superiors in Rome were most unhappy about it. com THE MARETH LINE To everyone’s surprise the British, on their drive through the mountains south of Tripoli, found the going very hard on the difficult terrain. The advance along the main road was also slowed almost to a standstill by fuel shortages, enemy demolitions and by the brave rearguard actions put up by 90.
Our Tortured Souls: The 29th Infantry Division in the Rhineland, November - December 1944 by Joseph Balkoski