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All Souls Day: The World War II Battle and the Search for a Lost U.S. Battalion

All Souls Day: The World War II Battle and the Search for a Lost U.S. Battalion

by Joseph M. Pereira, John L. Wilson
All Souls Day: The World War II Battle and the Search for a Lost U.S. Battalion

All Souls Day: The World War II Battle and the Search for a Lost U.S. Battalion

by Joseph M. Pereira, John L. Wilson

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Overview

The U.S. Army attacked three villages near the German-Belgium border, surprising the Germans who surrendered with little resistance. The German army regrouped and counterattacked. A brief but horrific battle ensued, and as the enemy pressed forward, the Americans retreated in haste, leaving behind their wounded and their dead. Discussion of this week-long conflict that began on All Souls Day, November 2, 1944, has been confined to officer training school, in part due to its heavy losses and ignominy.

After the war the U.S. Army returned to the battlefield to bring home its fallen. To its dismay it found that many of these men had vanished. The disappearances were puzzling and for decades the U.S. government searched unsuccessfully for clues. After poring over now-declassified battlefield reports and interviewing family members, the authors reconstruct a spellbinding story of love and sacrifice, honor and bravery, as well as a portrait of the gnawing pain of families not knowing what became of their loved ones. Ultimately this work of history and in-depth contemporary journalism proffers a glimmer of light in the ongoing search.

 


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ISBN-13: 9781640124202
Publisher: Potomac Books
Publication date: 11/01/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 264
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Joseph M. Pereira is an award-winning journalist who worked for the Wall Street Journal for more than two decades. He has taught journalism at Emerson College and at the New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University. He was a member of the Wall Street Journal staff that won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 9/11 attacks, and he has won several other awards for his investigative work. John L. Wilson served in the U.S. Army and earned a BS from Boston College and an MBA from Boston University. He has worked for major multinational corporations leading international business development throughout Europe and Asia. Because of Wilson’s extensive research for missing soldiers in the Hürtgen Forest Battle, he has been invited to the Pentagon to propose additional methodologies to search for many more still-missing American soldiers.

 
Joseph M. Pereira is an award-winning journalist who worked for the Wall Street Journal for more than two decades. He has taught journalism at Emerson College and at the New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University. He was a member of the Wall Street Journal staff that won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 9/11 attacks, and he has won several other awards for his investigative work.
John L. Wilson served in the U.S. Army and earned a BS from Boston College and an MBA from Boston University. He has worked for major multinational corporations leading international business development throughout Europe and Asia. Because of Wilson’s extensive research for missing soldiers in the Hürtgen Forest Battle, he has been invited to the Pentagon to propose additional methodologies to search for many more still-missing American soldiers.
 

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Price of Bravery
1. Molly and Peggy
2. They Can’t Find Jack
3. If You Were Young and Strong and Male
4. Under the Gaze of a Zen Master
5. In the Stillness of a Predawn Hour
6. The Autumn of Its Reign
7. Replacement Depot No. 15
8. Tucked into the Alluvial Folds
9. Flashes of Fire Danced like Distant Lightning
10. I Felt Like a Little Napoleon 
11. Like Caskets Tossed from the Deck
12. If I Leave Now, Would It Be Desertion?
13. From the Lower Levels of Dante’s Inferno
14. Am I Wounded Badly? 
15. It Had a Bittersweet Sound
16. Zwei Amerikanische Soldaten
Notes
Index

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