Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army From The Beaches of Normandy to the Surrender of Germany

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Premier Digital Publishing, Nov 1, 2011 - History
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In this riveting account, historian Stephen Ambrose continues where he left off in his #1 bestseller D-Day. Ambrose again follows the individual characters of this noble, brutal, and tragic war, from the high command down to the ordinary soldier, drawing on hundreds of interviews to re-create the war experience with startling clarity and immediacy. From the hedgerows of Normandy to the overrunning of Germany, Ambrose tells the real story of World War II from the perspective of the men and women who fought it.From June 7, 1944, on the beaches of Normandy to the final battles of Germany, acclaimed historian Stephen E. Ambrose draws on hundreds of interviews and oral histories from men on both sides to write a compelling and comprehensive portrait of the Citizen Soldiers who made up the U.S. Army.Ambrose re-creates the experiences of the individuals who fought the battle, from high command - Eisenhower, Bradley, and Patton - on down to the enlisted men. Within the chronological story, there are chapters on medics, nurses, and doctors; on the quartermasters; on the replacements; on what it was like to spend a night on the front lines; on sad sacks, cowards, and criminals; on Christmas 1944; and on weapons of all kinds. In this engrossing history, Ambrose reveals the learning process of a great army - how to cross rivers, how to fight in snow or hedgerows, how to fight in cities, how to coordinate air and ground campaigns, and how citizens become soldiers. Throughout, the perspective is that of the enlisted men and junior officers - and how decisions of the brass affected them.
  

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Love the author because I've read Band of Brothers and it was really interesting. Must read if u are a fan of World War 2 or this author

Contents

Maps
Prologue
PART ONETHE B ATTLE FOR FRANCE
HEDGEROW FIGHTINGJULY 124 1944
BREAKOUT AND ENCIRCLEMENTJULY 25A UGUST 25 1944
PART TWOA T THE GERMAN BORDER
THE HOLIDAY SEASON DECEMBER 2431 1944
PART THREELIFE IN
JERKS SAD SACKS PROFITEERS AND JIM CROW
PRISONERS OF
PART FOURO VERRUNNING GERMANY
CLOSING TO THE RHINE FEBRUARY 1MARCH 6 1945
CROSSING THE RHINEMARCH 731 1945
VICTORYAPRIL 1MAY 7 1945
THE GIs AND MODERN AMERICA
NOTES

REPLACEMENTS AND REINFORCEMENTS
THE AIR
MEDICS NURSES AND DOCTORS

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About the author (2011)

Historian Stephen E. Ambrose grew up in Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin and the University of Louisiana. Ambrose is considered to be one of the foremost historical scholars of recent times and has been a professor for over three decades. He is also the founder and president of the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans. His works include D-Day: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II, Citizen Soldiers: The U. S. Army from Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany, June 7, 1944-May 7, 1945, Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest and Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West. Abrose served historical consultant on the motion picture Saving Private Ryan.

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