Here Is Your War: Story of G.I. Joe

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A wonderful and enduring tribute to American troops in the Second World War, Here Is Your War is Ernie Pyle’s story of the soldiers’ first campaign against the enemy in North Africa. With unequaled humanity and insight, Pyle tells how people from a cross-section of America—ranches, inner cities, small mountain farms, and college towns—learned to fight a war. The Allied campaign and ultimate victory in North Africa was built on blood, brave deeds, sacrifice and needless loss, exotic vistas, endurance, ...

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Overview

A wonderful and enduring tribute to American troops in the Second World War, Here Is Your War is Ernie Pyle’s story of the soldiers’ first campaign against the enemy in North Africa. With unequaled humanity and insight, Pyle tells how people from a cross-section of America—ranches, inner cities, small mountain farms, and college towns—learned to fight a war. The Allied campaign and ultimate victory in North Africa was built on blood, brave deeds, sacrifice and needless loss, exotic vistas, endurance, homesickness, and an unmistakable American sense of humor. It’s all here—the suspenseful landing at Oran; the risks taken daily by fighter and bomber pilots; grim, unrelenting combat in the desert and mountains of Tunisia; a ferocious tank battle that ended in defeat for the inexperienced Americans; and the final victory at Tunis. Pyle’s keen observations relate the full story of ordinary G.I.s caught up in extraordinary times.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times
"A full-length, deeply human portrait of the American soldier in action. . . . The things that those at home want most to know."—New York Times
New York Times

"A full-length, deeply human portrait of the American soldier in action. . . . The things that those at home want most to know."

New York Times

"A full-length, deeply human portrait of the American soldier in action. . . . The things that those at home want most to know."—New York Times

Library Journal
Syndicated columnist Pyle gave his readers a ringside view of the fighting between U.S. and German forces in North Africa during World War II. His writings, collected in this 1943 volume, reminded readers that these soldiers were not simply nameless G.I.'s but sons, brothers, husbands, and fathers. Pyle was a keen observer, and it's the small details about minor things that make his writing stand out. An essential piece of Americana for all collections. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803287778
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Pages: 246
  • Sales rank: 293,120
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ernie Pyle (1900–45) was a revered war correspondent in Europe and the South Pacific during the Second World War. He is the author of Brave Men, available in a Bison Books edition. Orr Kelly is a retired veteran Washington correspondent and the author of nine books on military subjects, including Meeting the Fox: The Allied Invasion of Africa, From Operation Torch to Kasserine Pass to Victory in Tunisia and From a Dark Sky: The Story of U.S. Air Force Special Operations.

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Table of Contents

1. Convoy to Africa 1
2. The Americans Have Landed 13
3. Not too Dark Africa 27
4. Political Picture, December, 1942 42
5. On the Land 46
6. The Medical Front 58
7. Turns and Encounters 70
8. In the Air 79
9. Sherman had a Word for It 107
10. Bullets, Battles, and Retreat 123
11. Sidelights 146
12. Desert Sortie 155
13. The French Foreign Legion 165
14. Roving Reporters 172
15. The End in Sight 182
16. The Final Push 199
17. Victory 221
18. Aftermath 239
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