First edition, first print hardback of THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASTOGNE (A chronicle of the defense of Bastogne December 19,1944-Janurary 17,1945) by George E Koskimaki and published by the 101st Airborne Division Association in 1994. Signed and with a dedication to a fellow veteran by Koskimaki on the front endpaper.
The book is in very good- condition (purple cloth boards with gold lettering to spine and front board) with some light general wear (very slight bumping to corners, light creasing to head and tail of spine). The book is in a very good- unclipped dust jacket that has creasing to the top of the front and back covers and spine and a couple of folding creases to the front inner flap. Some very light smudging to page edges. Internally, the pages are very lightly age tanned but tight and there are no tears or other inscriptions.
Until the publication of this book, the segment of World War II history it portrays had never been recorded before. This history of the defense of Bastogne is the product of contributions by 530 soldiers who were on the ground or in the air over Basogne. They lived and made this history and much of it is told in their own words.
Pieces of a 50 year old puzzle come together, in this book, when memories related by one soldier fit with those of another who may have been in another unit or pursuing the battle from another nearby piece of terrain. The material contributed by these men of the 101st Airborne Division, the Armor, Tank Destroyer, Army Air Force, and others is tailored meticulously and placed on the historical framework known to most students of the Battle of the Bulge.
484 pages including black & white illustrattions and Appendices.
ISBN: 1 877702 04 8
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First edition, first print hardback of A chronicle of the defense of Bastogne December 19,1944-Janurary 17,1945 published by the 101st Airborne Division Association in 1994. Signed and with a dedication to a fellow veteran by Koskimaki on the front endpaper