Battle Hardened: An Infantry Officer's Harrowing Journey from D-Day to V-E Day

Battle Hardened: An Infantry Officer's Harrowing Journey from D-Day to V-E Day

by Craig S. Chapman


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Battle-Hardened: An Infantry Officer's Harrowing Journey from D-Day to VE-Day tells the story of an American soldier's growth from a 2nd Lieutenant eager to prove his worth in battle to a skilled and resolute commander over the course of the Northern European Campaign. Craig Chapman delves deep into the personal recollections and mental state of Bill Champman as he fought against the Nazis, enduring frontline combat and witnessing horror on a massive scale. Lieutenant Chapman maintains his sanity by isolating his emotions from the chaos of the battlefield, and the young officer turns into a hard-edged warrior who dispassionately orders men to risk their lives yet still manages to hold onto his humanity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621576570
Publisher: Regnery History
Publication date: 11/20/2017
Pages: 600
Sales rank: 329,407
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps ix

Map Icon Legend xiii

List of Illustrations xv

Glossary xvii

Prologue xxi

1 Preparing For War 1

2 England 15

3 D-Day 29

4 Montebourg 43

5 Operation Cobra 61

6 Breakout 79

7 Villedieu to St.-Pois 99

8 Mortain 117

9 Paris 147

10 Pursuit 163

11 Schnee Eifel 181

12 Luxembourg 203

13 Bleialf 225

14 Rhineland 243

15 Simmringen Woods 263

16 March Through Franconia 283

17 Task Force Rodwell 309

18 Drive to Victory 323

19 Return to Peace 339

Acknowledgments 353

Bibliography 357

Notes 367

Index 415

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Battle Hardened: An Infantry Officer's Harrowing Journey from D-Day to V-E Day 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so very fortunate to preview this book during it’s final stages of publication. My father, Tallie J. Crocker was Bill’s Company Commander during the D-Day invasion, and they served together in the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment of the 4th Infantry Division throughout the victorious march across Europe. Craig has done an outstanding job of presenting the challenges that our fathers and their men faced during the war. It is amazing that these young men engaged fully in this horrendous conflict - they truly were part of the "Greatest Generation". The book’s focus on platoon and company level operations, allows the reader to gain an excellent understanding of what war is like at the lowest level - the fear, emotions, and pride that they experienced fighting through each day to survive and advance the allies’ cause and defeat the evil Nazi empire. The story provides many examples of the resilience of our troops and their ability to adapt their tactics to the tasks at hand and not be constrained by dated techniques. Craig offers an excellent example regarding night operations. Initially, the U.S. forces refused to initiate night combat operations, but they soon understood that the Germans realized it and were using that fact to gain an advantage against them. They innovated their tactics and developed fighting techniques that effectively allowed them to gain the advantage and win conflicts that earlier would have been lost. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in understanding World War II from a low-level perspective. The narrative carries the reader from war preparations in the states all the way through their victorious return home. The author weaves the tale, and the reader learns to understand and truly respect the heroes that dedicated their young lives to protecting the freedom this great country enjoys. Robert H. Crocker