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The Mortarmen
     

The Mortarmen

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by Michael Connelly (2)
 

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The Mortarmen is an untold story of world War II. The book details the fighting history of the men of the 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion. The battalion was armed with the powerful 4.2 mortars and following its landing on Utah Beach on D-Day fought in every major engagement in France, Belgium, and Germany.

The 4.2 mortar battalions were the most

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The Mortarmen is an untold story of world War II. The book details the fighting history of the men of the 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion. The battalion was armed with the powerful 4.2 mortars and following its landing on Utah Beach on D-Day fought in every major engagement in France, Belgium, and Germany.

The 4.2 mortar battalions were the most sought after fire support units in Europe. The 87th was in combat for 326 days and the book follows each of the four companies as they participate in the Battle for Normandy, the fight for Cherbourg, the battles of Aachen and the Hurtgen Forest, the Battle of the Bulge, and finally the crossing of the Rhine and the final victory in Germany.

The book contains excepts of diaries and quotations from the men who fought in the unit and from some of the German soldiers who opposed them. It is a story of heroism, tragedy, and the triumph of soldiers fighting for freedom.


Veterans of the 87th Speak out about The Mortarmen:

"The author has performed admirably in depicting the complete story of the 87th Mortar BN from training camps thru D-Day and the entire WWII operations in Europe.

"A great contribution to WWII History, comparable to Stephen Ambrose's story of E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne Division in 'Band of Brothers'."


1st Lt. Sam Deal
B Company
87th Chemical Mortar Battalion

__________________

"I browsed your book first, and now am reading it line by line slowly. You have done the most wonderful job in the writing, You have brought back all the feelings, the fear, the wonder, the comradeship; all of those feelings and more. I thank you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"


Alexander Cannon
Pvt. B Company
87th CMB

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466958845
Publisher:
Trafford Publishing
Publication date:
07/26/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
294
Sales rank:
362,200
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

Michael Connelly is a retired attorney who is now a teacher, published author, and freelance writer. As a former Military Intelligence officer in the U.S. Army he is an avid student of American history including all aspects of military history. He and his wife Kay reside in Dallas, Texas. They have six children including four sons who have all served in the military.

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The Mortarmen 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very interesting book that is well written, I could barely put it down. Untold story that needs to be read to get a better understanding of WWII.
AnneLAB More than 1 year ago
A wonderful historical book! You feel like you are a part of this unit as you read about its critical part in the invasion of Normandy and the many battles these brave men fought in through the end of the war. Their stories are told with compassion, occasional humor, and the fervor of someone who has carefully researched the men and the battalion. You don’t need to be a World War II buff to enjoy this book. You just need to be proud of the “greatest generation.” I have recommended it to all of my friends.
DOOY More than 1 year ago
I'm retired from the Army, and have been in combat in Viet Nam, so I found the book very interesting from the military viewpoint. If you have no means to connect, however, it's a pretty dull book as it's a day to day diary with lots of mundane stuff which the average reader may not understand or comprehend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago