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Dennis Showalter, Challenges High Command and at the Sharp End: A Look at the Human Aspects of the Battle of the Bulge

Dennis Showalter sits down with Professor John W. Hall to discuss the human characters, personalities, and capabilities of those on both sides of the Battle of the Bulge, from the leaders in high command to those on the ground.

Conflicting personalities and viewpoints, intelligence failures and diverging strategies, all this fed into the chaos of war and the toll of the Battle of the Bulge. But for the men at the top and the men on the ground, this fight came with the underlying prospect of making or breaking the German offense. With all this on the line, men’s true colors began to emerge.

Accomplished military historian and respected professor Dennis Showalter was the recipient of the 2018 Pritzker Military Museum & Library Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. Author of more than 16 major publications, he has gained recognition for his research demonstrating the interrelationship between the military and civil society.

John W. Hall is the Ambrose-Hesseltine Assistant Professor of Military History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A Wisconsin native, Hall spent over fifteen years as an active duty U.S. Army officer before joining the UW-Madison Department of History. He holds a BS in history from the U.S. Military Academy and a PhD in History from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.