- Astor, Gerald.
- The Bloody Forest: The Battle for the Huertgen: September 1944-January 1945.
Novado, CA: Presidio Press, 2000. The most recent publication utilizing extensive oral
- Boesch, Paul.
- Forest in Hell. Originally titled: Road to Huertgen: Forest in Hell.
Houston, Texas: 1985. A rare out of print memoir of a company commander in the U.S. 8th Infantry
Division, wounded in the Huertgen Forest. His widow graciously provided me a copy of this
- Currey, Cecil B.
- Follow Me and Die: The Destruction of an American Division In World War II.
New York: Stein & Day, 1984. Focuses on the ordeal of The U.S. 28th Infantry Division in the
Huertgen Forest in November 1944, placing blame at division, corps, and army command.
- MacDonald, Charles B.
- The Battle of the Huertgen Forest.
Great Battles of History Series. Hanson W. Baldwin (ed). Philidelphia: J.B.Lippincott,
1963. A history of the Huertgen Forest battle by an official Army historian geared towards a
general reading audience.
- The Siegfried Line Campaign.
United States Army in World War II: The European Theater of Operations. Stenson Conn, et
al. (eds.). Washington D.C.: Office of the Chief of Military History, Department of the Army, 1963.
An official and perhaps the most objective history of the Huertgen Forest Campaign.
- MacDonald, Charles B., and Sidney T. Mathews.
- Three Battles:Arnaville, Altuzzo, and Schmidt
United States Army in World War II: The European Theater of Operations.
Kent Roberts Greenfield, General Editor. Washington D.C.: Office of the Chief of Military History,
Department of the Army, 1952.
- Miller, Edward G.
- A Dark and Bloody Ground: The Hürtgen Forest and the Roer River Dams, 1944-1945.
College Station Texas: Texas A & M University Press, 1995.A recent scholarly work by an active
duty historian that attempts to support a thesis.
- Weigley, Russell F.
- Eisenhower's Lieutenants: The Campaign of France and Germany 1944-1945.
Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1990. An overview with interesting analysis of the
Huertgen Forest battles.
- Whiting, Charles.
- The Battle of Huertgen Forest.
New York: Orion Books, 1989. An independent British historian's account that weighs heavily upon
the contention of incompetent leadership throughout the American High Command.
some additional sources of information about the Huerten Forest [added by Scott Brener]
- Ambrose, Stephen E.
- Citizen Soldiers : The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of
Germany, June 7, 1944 to May 7, 1945
Paperback - 528 pages Reprint edition (September 1998); Touchstone Books; ISBN: 0684848015,
Focuses on the combat experiences of ordinary soldiers, as opposed to the generals who led them.
- Ballard, Ted
- Rhineland - 15 September 1944-21 March 1945
CMH Pub 72-25, U.S. Army Center of Military History, Brochure covering operations in the
Rhineland, available online at
- Bennett, Leonard
- Million Dollar Foxhole
Hicksville, NY: Exposition, 1977. 176 p. U53R45B4., privately published, Details the exploits
of one man army S/Sgt Dolye Richey of Company E, 28th Inf Regt. While including some interesting
stories on the Hurtgen, It has been pointed out that a large number of factual errors (wrong unit
numbers or place names) leads one to conclude that this may not be a good book to base serious
research up without corroborating evidence. Seems to have been done mainly from Doyle's memory
- Bookman, John T. and Powers, Stephen
- The March to Victory: A Guide to World War II Battles and Battlefields from London to the
$14.95 plus shipping from: The University Press of Colorado, P.O. Box 849, Niwot, CO 80544, A
guide to WWII battlefields, monuments, and museums that figured in the 1944-45 campaign in
northwestern Europe. Online edition at
- Brulle, Robert V.
- Angels Zero: P-47 Close Air Support in Europe
Hardcover - 176 pages (October 2000); Smithsonian Institution Press; ISBN: 1560983744,
Pilots of the Ninth Air Force strafed and dive-bombed bridges, rail yards, supply depots, troops,
and tanks. Front-line ground support was the most dangerous of air operations, exacting heavy
casualties even among skilled pilots. Robert V. Brulle, who flew seventy ground support missions
with the 366th Fighter Group, combines anecdotes from his personal diary, research in U.S. and
German records, and interviews with participants from both sides to vividly recreate a lesser-known
aspect of the air war in Europe.
- Burgett, Donald R.
- Beyond the Rhine
Presidio Pr; 256 pages (2001) ISBN: 0891416978. Donald Burgett closes his account of A co.,
506th, 101st with the long walk from Bastogne to war's end.
- Calin, Harold
- Attack in the Forest
Lancer (1967), A novel about F Company fighting in the Huertgen Forest.
- Courtney, Richard D. and Foley, William A.
- Normandy to the Bulge : An American Infantry GI in Europe During World War II
Paperback - 181 pages (January 2000); Southern Illinois Univ Pr (Trd); ISBN: 0809321025,
gives a day-by-day account of what he experienced in combat as part of the 104th Infantry
Regiment of the 26th Infantry Division as it fought from Normandy to the Battle of the Bulge to
the end of the war in Czechoslovakia. Using his diary, letters, newspaper accounts, and photographs,
Courtney shares his own thoughts and those of his fellow soldiers
- Doubler,Michael D.
- Closing With the Enemy - How GIs Fought the War in Europe, 19441945
University of Alabama Press (1999) Cloth ISBN 0-7006-0675-0, Paper ISBN 0-7006-0744-7,
400 pages, 11 photographs, 10 maps. Strategy and tactics in the ETO. It has a good size chapter on
the Huertgen including Vossenack and Schmidt. Lieutenant Colonel Michael D. Doubler serves in the
office of the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, Headquarters, Department of the Army, Washington,
D.C. He received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University and has taught at the U.S. Military Academy at
- Fowle, Herb
- The Men Of The Terrible Green Cross
$22.50 available from author - 1080 N. Bunn Road - Hillsdale, MI. 49242.
Herb Fowle joined F Company, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division in October 1944 and
fought through the Hürtgen Forest and the remainder of the War. This book has many illustrations
drawn by Herb, an artist as well as a writer.
- Gavin, Gen. James M.
- American Heritage magazine - Bloody Huertgen: The Battle that Should Have Never Been Fought
December 1979 issue, pages 32-44.
- Gantter, Raymond
- Roll Me Over, An Infantryman's World War II
Ivy Books, New York (1997) 397 pages, ISBN: 0804116059. Arriving as a replacement in the Fall of
1944 he fought in the Battle of the Bulge and on to the border of Czechoslovakia. An American
infantryman recounts his journey through the expiring Third Reich.
- Gray, Frank Orville
- Grasshopper Fox C.P.
privately published, A quite scarce history of Company F, 28th Inf. Regt. A goldmine of info on
Company F, and the 2nd Battalion officers. Near impossible to find, but your local library can
probably get it for you on inter-library loan. Written a few years after the war, so the material
was still fresh
- Griesbach, Marc F., ed.
- Combat History of the Eighth Infantry Division in World War II
Nashville, TN: Battery (1988) orig pub 1945, Adobe Acrobat version online at
- Hayhow, Sgt Ernie
- Thunderbolt Across Europe, A History of the 83rd Infantry Division, 1942-1945
Hillsdale, MI: Ferguson Communications, (1986) Reprint of a 1945 edition of the book with
additional information, maps, illustrations, and statistics on the 83rd Infantry Division’s march
across France, the Low Countries, and Germany.
- Knittel, Harold
- Notes of a Private Soldier: The American G.I. in Europe 1944-1945
softcover 120 pages, T.J. Press (1993)
On man's voyage from the farmland of South Dakota to the battlefields of WW II in Germany.
- Jensen, Marvin G.
- Strike Swiftly! The 70th Tank Battalion from North Africa to Normandy to Germany
Presidio Press, 505 San Marin Drive, no. 300B, Novato, California 94945, 1997, 350 pages. The
story of the men of the 70th Battalion told with the self-effacing humor and humility that is
characteristic of veterans of the Second World War. Their combat experiences during the numerous
landings, the hedgerow battles in Normandy, the forest combat near Huertgen, and the winter fights
in the Battle of the Bulge.
- Johnson, Col. Gerden F.
- History of the Twelfth Infantry Regiment in World War II
Boston: 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division, 1947
- Lavender, Donald E.
- Nudge Blue:A Rifleman's Chronicle of World War II
Merriam Press; Hardcover edition; ISBN 1-57638-096-3; Softcover edition; ISBN 1-57638-095-5,
Written in 1947 by a member of Company I of the 39th Infantry Regiment in the 9th Infantry Division
to provide his family an idea of what war was like to him.
- Lynn, Robert A.
- Military Heritage magazine The Hürtgenwald
April 2000 issue Pages 52-59, 97
- Margry, Karel
- The Battle of the Hurtgen Forest
published in After the Battle #71, copyright 1991,
A quartely magazine, £3.25, After The Battle, Church House, Church Street, London E15 3JA
- MacDonald, Charles B.
- Last Offensive W/Maps : United States Army in World War II the European Theater of Operations
(1973, 1984, 1990) 532 pages, 27 maps,92 illustrations, 2 appendixes, bibliographical note,
glossaries, index CMH Pub 7-9, Final volume of the United States Army in World War II subseries The
European Theater of Operations. It recounts the closing battles in which the American forces cross
the Rhine River--historic boundary of German power--and, with the Western Allies, defeat and destroy
Hitler's armies deployed on the Western Front. The story in these final chapters follows those
told in The Ardennes: Battle of the Bulge and in Riviera to the Rhine; the time frame
extends from the first days of January 1945 to V-E Day (8 May).
- MacDonald, Charles B
- The Mighty Endeavor : The American War in Europe
Paperback - 621 pages Reprint edition (December 1992); Da Capo Pr; ISBN: 0306804867
Among the shorter and more accessible histories, the best general introduction, although half the
book is devoted to the Mediterranean campaigns. He is evenhanded in his treatment of the
controversies that marked the Allied effort.
- Mayhall, Van R.
- Cranking Up A Fine War - A Louisiana Soldier from Boot Camp to General's Aide
Hardcover - 256 pages 0 edition (May 1999); ByrenLee Press; ISBN: 1892958015
The account of a young soldier's personal journey through World War II and of the shared
experiences of all the soldiers who made their way from boot camp to the battlefields of Europe on
the path of victory. Aide to Brigadier General William G. Weaver, commander of the 8th ID from
Dec.'44 to Feb.'45 http://www.klio.net/byrenlee/
- McBurney, John B.
- The 13th: A Private's Eye View
$20.00 - Available from author - 535 E. Nezpique, Jennings LA 70546
A book about men of the 13th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division, taken from letters,
tapes, and direct oral histories from the veterans themselves.
- McLogan, Russell E.
- Boy Soldier: Coming of Age during World War II
Terrus Press; 432 pages (1998); ISBN: 0966344405. Drafted out of college at age 18 in 1944,
he was trained as a rifleman and then sent to the Philippines as an infantry replacement. There on
April 14, 1945, Russell E. McLogan joined Company K of the 63rd Infantry on the Shimbu Line near
Manila...one of the many youngsters coming into the company...to fill the void left by casualties.
- Mitcham, Samuel W.
- Retreat to the Reich: The German Defeat in France, 1944
Hardcover, 304pp (2000); Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated;
- Mittelman, Cpt. Joseph B.
- Eight Stars to Victory: A History of the Veteran Ninth U.S. Infantry Division
Washington, DC. The Ninth Infantry Division Association, (1948)
- Morris, Sgt. Mack
- Yank mabazine War in the Forest
January 5, 1945 issue. Pages 2-3.
- O'Donnell, Patrick K.
- Beyond Valor : World War II's Rangers and Airborne Veterans Reveal the Heart of Combat
Hardcover - 384 pages (February 15, 2001) ; Free Press; ISBN: 0684873842
Over a hundred individual veterans' vignettes are drawn from oral histories and electronically
transmitted memoirs ("e-histories") in this assemblage of firsthand accounts of the WWII American
Airborne, Ranger and other special units. Instrumental to the collection of these stories was
O'Donnell's special-interest Web site, The Drop Zone
(www.thedropzone.org), which functions as a "virtual museum" of vet experience.
- Rush, Dr. Robert S.
- Paschendale With Treebursts - A History and Analysis of the 22nd Infantry Regiment During the
Battle of the Hürtgen Forest 16 November through 3 December 1944.
Powell, OH, by author, 1996. No longer available but there may soon be a new and larger edition
of this outstanding book from Dr. Robert Rush.
- Rush, Robert Sterling
- Hell in Hurtgen Forest - The Ordeal and Triumph of an American Infantry Regiment
400 pages, 18 photographs, 17 maps, 6 x 9 (November 2001); Modern War Studies; Cloth;
ISBN 0-7006-1128-2, Focusing on the bitterly fought battle between the American 22d Infantry
Regiment and elements of the German LXXIV Korps around Grosshau, Rush chronicles small-unit
combat at its most extreme and shows why, despite enormous losses, the Americans persevered in
the Hürtgenwald "meat grinder,"
- Rothbart, David
- World War II Army Journal
Soft cover, 220 pages. $26.00 - Available from author - 5864 Phillips Avenue - Pittsburgh,
PA. 15217, The personnel classification clerk with the 22nd Infantry Regiment of the 4th Infantry
Division maintained a journal throughout the entire war. His entries include descriptions and quotes
by numerous infantry men along with casualty statistics of the one regiment that incurred the most
casualties after landing in Normandy. Each of their 190-man rifle companies suffered about a
thousand casualties during the ten-month war. Keen observations of the assignment of replacements
- Schurmacher, Emile C.
- Attack - Desperate Stand at Huertgen Forest
New York, Paperback, (1964)
- Trindal, Wes
- And Then There Were None
Edinburg, VA: By Author, 1997, Available through the 22nd Infantry Regiment Society
A personal account of a man's experience in the military starting with basic training and advanced
individual training, through the boat trip to Europe and his travel through the replacement system.
He finally arrives at the 22nd Infantry Regiment during the height of the battle in the Hürtgen
- Walton, William
- Life Magazine - Battle of Hurtgen Forest
January 1, 1945 issue. Pages 33 - 36
- Whiting, Charles
- Death on a Distant Frontier: A Lost Victory
Hardcover - 256 pages (February 1997); Sarpedon Pub; ISBN: 1885119321
This book examines the American 1st, 3rd and 7th Armies and the horrific war they fought in Europe --
on the broad front, where they were eventually victorious.
- Wilson, George
- If You Survive: From Normandy to the Battle of the Bulge to the End of World War II --
One American Officer's Riveting True Story
Mass Market Paperback Reissue edition (July 1987); Ivy Books; ISBN: 0804100039
"If you survive your first day, I'll promote you." So promised George Wilson's World War II
commanding officer in the hedgerows of Normandy -- and it was to be a promise dramatically fulfilled.
From July, 1944, to the closing days of the war, from the first penetration of the Siegfried Line
to the Nazis' last desperate charge in the Battle of the Bulge, he served with the 4th Division.
- Advisory board: Samuel Hynes, Anne Matthews, Nancy Caldwell Sorel, and Roger J. Spiller.
Reporting World War II: Paperback Edition
Library of America ISBN: 1-931082-05-7, The work of more than 50 remarkable reporters has been drawn from original
newspaper and magazine reports, radio transcripts, and wartime books to capture the intensity of
World War II's unfolding drama. This volume includes the work of Ernie Pyle, A. J. Liebling, E. B.
White, William L. Shirer, John Steinbeck, Margaret Bourke-White, Edward R. Murrow , Martha Gellhorn,
James Agee, John Hersey and many more. Includes "War in the Huertgen Forest" by Mack Morriss.
- General Editors: David Wilmes, Richard David Wissolik, John Hill, Gary E. J. Smith.
- The Long Road: From Oran to Pilsen. The Oral Histories of United States Army Veterans in the
European Theatre of Operations, World War II.
Hardbound (1999); ISBN: 1-88585-13-8 The Oral Histories of United States Army Veterans in the
European Theatre of Operations, World War II