I, Timothy J. Thompson, am an historian. For as long as I canremember, I have always displayed an insatiable appetite for historyand writing. While enrolled at college, I would spend virtually everywaking minute reading history books; whether they were military,political, national, or economic. This was even the case when I wasseated at a desk in the middle of class; any class; not just a history class.Yes, it is true, even when I was sitting in the middle of anAccounting class, an Algebra class, or even an English class, I wouldsoon become bored with the current lecture and calmly pull out ahistory book and begin to read it. And, on more than one occasion, theprofessor would become irritated, stop lecturing, and give me an evillook, forcing me to put away the history book and pay attention to hislesson.After graduating college from the University of Missouri St. Louisin 2002, I relocated to central Florida where I began pursuing mywriting career. Thus far in my life, I have published five major works ona variety of historical subjects. My very first book is entitled: GRITAND VALOR: THE STORY OF SWALE. It is all about the life andcareer of a great thoroughbred racehorse named, SWALE. He was oneof the greatest and most beloved sons of the legendary and immortalSeattle Slew.I followed this one up with MAGICIANS ON ICE. In this book, Idetail the very inception of the great and unmatched Soviet HockeyDynasty. My third book was on the Second World War. It is entitled:WACHT AM RHEIN. Wacht Am Rhein is German for: Watch On TheRhine. These were the special code words used by the Germans to lullthe Western Allies, most notably the Americans, into a false sense of security during the late fall of 1944, just prior to them launching theirgreat Ardennes counter offensive.My fourth book, was a major expansion upon the prior one. It isentitled: THE ARDENNES ON FIRE. In this one, I take WACHT AMRHEIN to a whole new level. In both, I detail the intensive Germanmilitary buildup just prior to them unleashing their massive attack.However, in, THE ARDENNES ON FIRE, I go into tremendous detailon weaponry, commanders and then examine the very first day of theGerman assault.