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From the Publisher“Any collection strong in World War II memoir needs Etched in Purple: One Soldier’s War in Europe…It’s a candid, sometimes brutal survey of first-hand experience and is a rediscovered classic and is a ‘must’ for any serious military library.”
"This brutally honest memoir by a young infantrymen who landed on Normandy Beach on D-Day and fought his way across Europe is perhaps the finest work to come out of World War II. Etched in Purple pulls no punches and is written with a poetic intensity that is lacking in most war novels. Stunning and vivid, it is destined to be a classic in war literature."
"One of the most brutal war books published. . . . Frank J. Irgang . . . has succeeded in doing what at least one million others who served with the infantry during the war wished they could have accomplished. He has told the story of the war simply and plainly as it is seen through the eyes of a combat infantryman. . . . Never once does the author let reader attention slip."
"A taste of the brutal truth."
“Pulls no punches in painting the life of a combat infantryman.”