From the earliest planning stages of the German counter-offensive in the Ardennes during World War II (1939-1945), Hitler was convinced of the importance of taking the Meuse bridges. He resolved that, when his forces broke through the US lines, one special unit should be dressed in American uniforms and issued with American weapons and vehicles. In this guise they could take advantage of the surprise and shock of the breakthrough, and move forward to the Meuse bridges as if they were retreating Americans. Jean-Paul Pallud details their organisation and the fateful sequence of events that followed.
Jean-Paul Pallud graduated as a physicist at Grenoble in 1973. Since 1976 he has written many articles on the Second World War. A regular contributor to After the Battle magazine, he was technical advisor for their book Panzers in Normandy, and author of their monumental work The Battle of the Bulge: Then and Now. He flies light aircraft as a hobby. Jean-Paul Pallud currently lives in France with his wife and three chidren.