Friday, August 01, 2008
The Battle of Aachen by Irving Werstein is a very short book on a forgotten battle of the second world war. Aachen was the first town within Germany that the Americans captured. Werstein's book contains about as much text as the average Osprey campaign title although, there is only the occasional map. The Americans had to seize several important terrain features before assaulting the town. First with artillery then with infantry. The German force inside surrendered at that point. I found the book to be much too short. The narrative itself is pretty good. There is a bibliography of sources and order of battle. Since this is the only book length treatment of this, I've been able to come across I would have to say it was worth while if a little disappointing.