GI's War: American Soldiers in Europe During World War II

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The GI's War contains eyewitness accounts from ordinary young men, farm hands and factory workers, who had war thrust upon them and in the process became veteran soldiers. Their unsparing narratives, presented in their own words, capture the many emotions evoked by war. GIs and their commanding officers speak freely, and movingly, of becoming soldiers, of enduring the ordeals of the various campaigns, and of fightling for their lives and their country. Vividly personal and compelling, this book puts the reader on...
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Overview

The GI's War contains eyewitness accounts from ordinary young men, farm hands and factory workers, who had war thrust upon them and in the process became veteran soldiers. Their unsparing narratives, presented in their own words, capture the many emotions evoked by war. GIs and their commanding officers speak freely, and movingly, of becoming soldiers, of enduring the ordeals of the various campaigns, and of fightling for their lives and their country. Vividly personal and compelling, this book puts the reader on the front lines.
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Editorial Reviews

CHOICE
Hoyt adds breadth and depth to our understanding [and] uncovers a host of stories by common soldiers that are at times, amusing and enlightening; at times, horrifying and disgusting....[A] healthy corrective to official history.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Fascinating....The reader will be riveted by the intimacy of the accounts and the honesty of the comments.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815410317
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2000
  • Edition description: 1ST COOPER
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 1,422,880
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.36 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Author's Note xi
Preface to the 2000 Edition xiii
Preface xv
1 The Summer of 1940 1
2 Amateur Soldiers 16
3 Carolina Moon 26
4 The Way Overseas 37
5 To Verdant Shores 45
6 Over There... 60
7 Ready for the War 72
8 The Troops Go to War 82
9 Landings 96
10 Fighting the French 107
11 Against the Germans 125
12 Dubious Battle 133
13 Meanwhile... 141
14 Tunisia 148
15 Kasserine Pass 159
16 Allied Attacks 185
17 Interlude in Africa 199
18 On to Sicily 209
19 Sicily--II 222
20 The Morning of the Flies 229
21 Revving Up 238
22 Salerno 252
23 Anzio 266
24 Preparing for Invasion 283
25 "The Sky Is Full of Bodies" 306
26 Some Came by Sea 321
27 To the Shore 328
28 Omaha Beach 334
29 Utah Beach 372
30 D Day Goes On 377
31 Securing the Bridgehead 402
32 Breakout 428
33 Up from the South 458
34 On toward Paris 470
35 Push 483
36 Counteroffensive 519
37 The Last Days 556
Notes 591
Bibliography 599
Subject Index 603
Index of Names 613
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