If You Survive: From Normandy to the Battle of the Bulge to the End of World War II, One American Officer's Riveting True Story

If You Survive: From Normandy to the Battle of the Bulge to the End of World War II, One American Officer's Riveting True Story

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by George Wilson
     
 

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"If you survive your first day, I'll promote you."

So promised George Wilson's World War II commanding officer in the hedgerows of Normandy — and it was to be a promise dramatically fulfilled. From July, 1944, to the closing days of the war, from the first penetration of the Siegfried Line to the Nazis' last desperate charge in the Battle of the

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"If you survive your first day, I'll promote you."

So promised George Wilson's World War II commanding officer in the hedgerows of Normandy — and it was to be a promise dramatically fulfilled. From July, 1944, to the closing days of the war, from the first penetration of the Siegfried Line to the Nazis' last desperate charge in the Battle of the Bulge, Wilson fought in the thickest of the action, helping take the small towns of northern France and Belgium building by building.

Of all the men and officers who started out in Company F of the 4th Infantry Division with him, Wilson was the only one who finished. In the end, he felt not like a conqueror or a victor, but an exhausted survivor, left with nothing but his life — and his emotions.

If You Survive

One of the great first-person accounts of the making of a combat veteran, in the last, most violent months of World War II.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804100038
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/1987
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
123,488
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.74(d)

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If You Survive 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished this book and was amazed by the great details and it explained how the life of a world war two infantry officer was. I would recommend it for people who lik ww2 stories or for ppl who are just interested in the history of are fathers in the war. Great read
Pastor_Ron More than 1 year ago
This is the personal history of a WWII combat officer. From the drive out of Normandy through to Germany he tells what he went through and saw first hand. It tells how and why casualties were so high among front line junior officers. He never rose above the rank of first Lt and most of the time George Wilson commanded his company in combat as his fellow officers and friends fell one by one. A well written and brutally honest story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although the writing is a bit stiff and emotionally flat, George Wilson manages to recount his experience in the European Theater during WWII with startling accuracy. A good and quick read. I recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gives so much insight into what life was like during WWII, from an American officer's P.O.V. Definitely worth the read; felt as if I was personally part of storyline.
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Enjoyable story. Well written.
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JDR80 More than 1 year ago
Very detailed accounts and easy to follow. Not as technical as so many others and gives a very good glimpse into the lives of a front line soldier in WWII. Would highly recommend this book to anyone.
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Niecey1015 More than 1 year ago
This is such a great book! I love WWII and Holocaust Era stories and books (though they were at the same time I like to say them separately since they were very different) and this book was amazing! I was 15 when my dad gave this book to read. I read it so often and so much he had to hide it from me and then eventually threw it away. I am now 26 and I purchased it again and it still holds my heart as the best book I have ever read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It's during 1941-1945. George Wilson, the author, basically talks about himself and his company in the book. It tells of the Wilson's bravery during battle and how most of his men in his company in the beginning and end got abolished and he was one of the only sole survivors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love reading war novels. They seem to inspire me in some way. 'If You Survive' is a truly remarkable story about courage, bravery, and one one man's true experiences during World War 2.