The Day the Thunderbird Cried: Untold Stories of World War II [NOOK Book]

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In a series of gripping stories the reader accompanies American infantryman from the invasion of Sicily to final victory in Germany. The focus throughout is personal. The reader shares moments of fear, daring, grief and humor - the very human experiences of young men at war.

Interwoven with the stories the author addresses the ultimate enigma of World War II. How did Adolf ...
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The Day the Thunderbird Cried: Untold Stories of World War II

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Overview

In a series of gripping stories the reader accompanies American infantryman from the invasion of Sicily to final victory in Germany. The focus throughout is personal. The reader shares moments of fear, daring, grief and humor - the very human experiences of young men at war.

Interwoven with the stories the author addresses the ultimate enigma of World War II. How did Adolf Hitler brainwash 62 million Germans into accepting Nazi ideology and is inevitable consequences?

Detailed accounts of the endurance of young GIs during the battle of the Bulge precede their horrific discovery of the Dachau Concentration Camp. The GIs' shocked and angry reactions and the subsequent shooting of SS Concentration Camp guards are vividly recreated from numerous interviews with men who were there.

The Day the Thunderbird Cried is a must read for all who believe that "those who can't remember the past are doomed to repeat it."

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These are the true stories told to me by the infantrymen who were at the wall in Dachau that historical day in 1945. 18 years have been spent in the research of this book.

‘The Day the Thunderbird Cried’ primarily emphasizes the actions of the 45th Infantry Division, known as the Thunderbirds; as well as those in the 42nd, 99th, and 106th Infantry Division.

World Word II Historian, and author, David L Israel, entered the army in May 1945 in New York City. Took infantry basic training in August, Georgia, (Camp Gordon). Trained as a demolition man in Germany, and later transferred to the Military Intelligence outfit.

“When the war ended German prisoners of war were incarcerated in quarters that were formerly used to hold concentration camp prisoners. My unit was assigned to the Dachau concentration camp to interrogate and seek out high ranking War Criminals who tried to hide among the throngs of lower ranking German soldiers. I was the only American born member in my unit.

When the GIs went into Dachau they were completely overcome by what they saw, heard and smelled. With tears in their eyes they wanted to apologize to these shapeless beings in front of their eyes.... men, women and children. Their minds boiled over from the inhumanity. No one would ever be able to explain what they felt in those first few minutes of liberation. It was just too much for a human mind to accept......which is exactly why they cracked, rounded up the German guards who had perpetrated these unimaginable horrors and........

President Roosevelt did not even believe the intelligence reports he had been getting about the mass killings taking place in Europe at the hand of the Germans. In truth, no one could have believed that human beings could act against other human beings in such an inhuman way until seeing the horrors with their own eyes. When the GIs went into Dachau and saw what they saw...they cracked.

Today, we face a different problem with Revisionists and Deniers, who for their own reasons spread stories about the Holocaust being nothing more than a myth. Seeing this with my own eyes at UC Davis, where speakers would show up on a weekly basis denying the Holocaust, prompted me to set down the facts as I had witnessed them.

The most positive comments received on, ‘The Day the Thunderbird Cried’, came from combat veterans who often bought several books because they wanted all members of their families to know "what it was all about," but could not find their own words to describe it.”

World War II comes alive through the eyes of combat infantrymen. From Anzio to the Dachau Concentration Camp, the reader shares moments of fear, shock, and grief, destroying the myths of the deniers while honoring the memories of The Righteous Among the Nations.

UPDATED WITH BIBLIOGRAPHY, 8 PAGES OF COLOR PHOTOS, AND 55 OTHER PHOTOGRAPHS.
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Editorial Reviews

Mail Tribune - John Darling
IN the waning weeks of World War II, U.S. soldiers liberating Dachau concentration camp outside Munich, Germany, came upon thousands of emaciated corpses. They became sickened and enraged and -- in violation of the Geneva Convention on rules of combat -- summarily executed many German guards and SS officers.

The little-known massacre of unarmed noncombatants on April 29, 1945, is the subject of a book by former World War II Army intelligence officer David Israel, 76, of Medford.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014085663
  • Publisher: Emek Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 408,837
  • File size: 13 MB
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Meet the Author

As a member of a military intelligence team, the author was stationed in the Dachau Concentration Camp at war's end. The objective of the intelligence unit was to find German war criminals who were hiding among the many prisoners of war captured by the Americans. The objective of the book is to show the emotional, psychological, and physical effects on the young Americans who were the first ones to enter a German concentration camp. Originally from the East Coast, the author now resides in Medford, Oregon.
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  • Posted September 29, 2014

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    One learns many facts when reading the untold stories in "T

    One learns many facts when reading the untold stories in "The Day the Thunderbird Cried." For example, the role the Mafia played in patrolling the docks along the eastern seaboard during WWII, how German college student patriots in "The White Rose" tried to combat the Nazis before they were all beheaded, the heroic efforts of Japanese-American soldiers and the role they played in the Allied victory in Europe. All amazing and highly informative stories. It's also worth mentioning that such a book is a type of time capsule for the psychological and emotional effects on young American GIs as they entered a German concentration camp. These and other true stories are why this book is a must read for anyone interested in learning about the Holocaust and America's role in World War II.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2005

    Best book ever written about WWII

    Factual stories of what it was like to be an American infantryman in Europe in WWII.The stories are unbelievable, but true. Well written. Easy to read and easy to understand because the stories were written through the yes of a combat infantryman.

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