When the Odds Were Even: The Vosges Mountains Campaign, October 1944-January 1945
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Last edited by Brian R; at PM. MarcRikmenspoel is offline. Originally Posted by Brian R. Marc - Thanks so much for your reply. I think I may give it a go. I've actually read Black Edelweiss, but never 7 Days in January. Black Edelweiss is excellent, however, my interests at this point are more related to the earlier part of the campaign in October; and more related to Heer units like VGD. Hence, my interest in this book. I think I will order it and follow up with a reply to this thread in a month or two. Thanks again, Brian. The nature of the terrain and weather during the Vosges Mountains Campaign negated the US superiority in terms of transportation and air power, yet the US eventually prevailed against their German opponents.
Written in a somewhat academic style, An interesting book on at least three levels: as a look at an often forgotten campaign of WWII, a re-evaluation of certain "truths" long held concerning the quality of the German soldier, and a challenge to the post-WWWII doctrinal trends of the US Army. Written in a somewhat academic style, I only recommend it to those with a strong interest in the subject matter, but highly recommend it in that case. I've seen the quality of the maps commented on more than once, and don't fully understand the criticisms.
They are typical of maps found in works of military history. The book could have benefited from some overview maps showing just where the Vosges Mountains are located, and how the overall campaign progressed, but the maps that are in the book adequately show the placement and movement of the units involved. Mar 28, Johnny rated it really liked it. I like the overall premise of the book, and the author does make his case that American units were 1-for-1 better than German units, from the Corps level down to the individual soldier.
My only two gripes are 1 the maps are very small and a little different to follow, and 2 the campaign the author selected, I wish, could've been better picked. The Vosges campaign was a time when German units, leaders, and training had already suffered greatly.
I would imagine there were Italian campaigns earlier that even with airpower differences, a more equal assessment could be made about force-on-force combat operations. That being said, this is an outstanding assessment of the Vosges campaign, and I learned a great deal from this book. Sep 14, Brandon rated it liked it.
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The book's discussion on whether the US or Germany's army formations, man for man, were better was done very well. The conclusion that was well thought out, excellently defended, and is contrary to popular opinion.
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The detailed discussions of the Vosges Mountains Campaign itself, which was used to illustrate the truth of the conclusion presented above, was dry and difficult to get through - even for someone like me who enjoys military history. Oct 28, John E rated it liked it. Not a light read. If you want a better history of just the battles read Whiting's The Forgotten Army.
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This was like reading a war college study with continuous orders-of-battle for each action followed by short descriptions of the battle. I still don't know how he figured that "The Odds were Even. Jul 21, Fredrick Danysh rated it really liked it Shelves: history , world-war-ii. A good account of the struggle between the Americans and Germans in the Vosges Mountains during World War II with interesting details on the use of armor.
May 27, John rated it it was ok Shelves: history. This book has a great premise, but the lack of good maps was a huge negative. I had to turn to Wikipedia to find out where the Vosges mountains actually were.
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