The War: Stories of Life and Death from World War II

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Culled from thousands of volumes and myriad accounts of World War II battlefields, The War includes excerpts from soldiers, citizens, and oral historians in a volume that documents the impact the Second World War had on all aspects of life. Historian Stephen Ambrose in "Citizen Soldiers" details the tragic and heroic experiences of ordinary soldiers on the battlefields of Europe; Iris Chang's "The Rape of Nanking" chronicles the horrors of the Japanese occupation of China, including an account of a German ...

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Overview

Culled from thousands of volumes and myriad accounts of World War II battlefields, The War includes excerpts from soldiers, citizens, and oral historians in a volume that documents the impact the Second World War had on all aspects of life. Historian Stephen Ambrose in "Citizen Soldiers" details the tragic and heroic experiences of ordinary soldiers on the battlefields of Europe; Iris Chang's "The Rape of Nanking" chronicles the horrors of the Japanese occupation of China, including an account of a German businessman who intervened to save thousands; and "Brave Men," a collection of dispatches from Europe by foreign correspondent Ernie Pyle, includes a riveting description of the beaches of Normandy 24 hours after the D-Day invasion began.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781560252313
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 375
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Clint Willis edited High: Stories of Survival from Everest and K2 and Rough Water: Stories of Survival from the Sea. He lives in Portland, ME.

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Table of Contents

photographs 1
introduction 2
from Goodbye, Darkness 7
from Doing Battle: The Making of a Skeptic 13
from The Longest Day 51
from The Long Walk 63
from Heroic Heart: The Diary and Letters of Kim Malthe-Bruun 1941-1945 97
from Pacific War Diary 1942-1945 111
Mollie 129
from The Thin Red Line 159
The Escape of Mrs. Jeffries 181
from Parachute Infantry 219
from The Normandy Diary of Marie-Louise Osmont: 1940-1944 237
from The Bloody Battle for Suribachi 263
from We Were Each Other's Prisoners 285
Bond Rally 289
from With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa 297
from Citizen Soldiers 323
from Letters from the End of the World: A Firsthand Account of the Bombing of Hiroshima 329
from Flights of Passage 345
acknowledgments 370
bibliography 374
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