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Dead of Winter is released

"The Dead of Winter: How Battlefield Investigators, WWII Veterans and Forensic Scientists Solved the Mystery of the Bulge's Lost Soldiers," by Bill Warnock is now available at bookstores and

Forty-five years after one of the largest and most epic battles of World War II, a team of investigators returned to the scene of the Battle of the Bulge for one last mission: to discover the truth about the lost soldiers of the 99th Infantry Division, who never made it off the battlefield.

The investigative team consisted of private citizens, including several Bulge veterans. They utilized old-fashioned detective work in order to reconstruct battles, locate the remains of fallen soldiers, and return them to the loved ones who have waited decades to learn what really happened. Department of Defense scientists completed the process by positively identifying the remains.

"The Dead of Winter" is not only the culmination of a decades-old mystery; it is a tale of loyalty, tragedy, triumph, honor and, more than anything, a tribute to the brave men of the 99th who made the supreme sacrifice.

Historian and author William C.C. Cavanagh said, "I first met Bill Warnock in the bar of the Hotel Dahmen in Bullingen Belgium many years ago. I was with the late Charles B. MacDonald and we began talking to Bill. It soon became clear he had a passionate interest in the American soldier and his role in the Battle of the Bulge.

"Over the next few years Bill and myself walked this hallowed ground together in search of relics.

"Richard H. Byers, himself a veteran of the battle, decided to do something in order to try and solve the problem of men from his division who were listed as MIA.

"Bill Warnock took the bull by the horns and began serious research aimed at recovering the remains of some of the MIAs. His meticulous research has resulted in the ultimate recovery and identification of 12 of the missing soldiers. At long last, Bill has seen fit to tell his incredible story."

Associate member Jett Johnson of Goldthwaite TX, is a friend of Warnock's and a supporter of the MIA Project. He said, "Bill Warnock has done a tremendous job with his research and search effort for the Battle of the Bulge MIAs.

"The book puts a 'human face' on the missing soldiers from the 99th Infantry Division who were lost during the Battle of the Bulge during WWII. Searching for these lost remains in the Ardennes Forest of Belgium is a great mystery with some great success stories. The book is a must-read."

Warnock served four years with the U.S. Air Force and is a Battle of the Bulge scholar and free-lance writer. In 1990, Warnock helped found the MIA Project in affiliation with the 99th Infantry Division Association.

"The Dead of Winter" is available for $24.95 at major bookstores and on the Internet.