This chronicle of an armored division's bravery during the Battle of the Bulge sheds new light on the legendary Siege of Bastogne in WWII.
Before the 101st Airborne Division's famous Siege of Bastogne, there was already a US unit holding the town when they arrived. This unit—the 10th Armored Division—continued to play a major role in its defense through the German onslaught. The Tigers of Bastogne offers a detailed chronicle of the young armored division that withstood the full brunt of Manteuffel's Fifth Panzer Army in the Ardennes.
The 10th Armored had only arrived in Europe that September as part of Patton's Third Army. They soon faced the onslaught of Nazi panzers bursting across no-man's-land on December 16. But they earned their nickname, "The Tiger Division," as they went on the defensive at Bastogne, surrounded by an entire German army.
Gen. Anthony McAuliffe of the 101st Airborne said, "It seems regrettable to me that Combat Command B of the 10th Armored Division didn't get the credit it deserved at the Battle of Bastogne. All the newspaper and radio talk was about the paratroopers. Actually the 10th Armored Division was in there a day before we were and had some very hard fighting before we ever got into it." Fortunately, in this book, the historical record is finally corrected.