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: 664,238
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Craig S. Chapman draws on his experience as an infantry officer and his skill as a researcher to narrate past military actions in a way that sheds new light on the challenges, triumphs, and miscalculations of armed conflicts. He is the author of More Terrible Than Victory: North Carolina's Bloody Bethel Regiment, 1861-65.

Sean Runnette, a multiple AudioFile Earphones Award winner, has also produced several Audie Award-winning audiobooks. His film and television appearances include Two If by Sea, Copland, Sex and the City, Law & Order, Third Watch, and lots and lots of commercials.

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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