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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"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.

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Overview

"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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804100038
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1987
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 243,043
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    If u surive

    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

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

    Combat Leadership up close

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Good book. Quick read.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Good read

    Enjoyable story. Well written.

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  • Posted October 23, 2012

    Great book

    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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  • Posted April 21, 2011

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    The Greatest Book I Have Ever Read!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2007

    'Hard to put down,' 'Makes you freez for many hours!' I highly recommend it for people who like reading war books.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2007

    This book puts you right in the action!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2004

    Outstanding Book

    The book to me captured the reality of a GI'S life in war , and his life after. And it shows what realy happen in WWII from the stand point of the men who fought it .

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2004

    AWESOME BOOK

    this was a great book. kudos to george wilson on such a well written memerior (sp) of his action in WWII.....it actually kept my interest! overall = great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2001

    Best WW2 Book I've read

    This book had to be the best book about ww2 that I have read. The real life accounts were very vivid in every detail of the battle

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2000

    a veary real to life war book

    as a reader I think this book is veary much to the point. In fact My father knows the author veary well. They worked together in the state of mich. this story makes me think about the heard time all men in the infantry had.

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