Here is Your War: Story of G.I. Joe

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U of Nebraska Press, 2004 - History - 246 pages
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A wonderful and enduring tribute to American troops in the Second World War, Here Is Your War is Ernie Pyle?s story of the soldiers? first campaign against the enemy in North Africa. With unequaled humanity and insight, Pyle tells how people°from a cross-section of America?ranches, inner cities, small mountain farms, and college towns?learned to fight a war. The Allied campaign and ultimate victory in North Africa was built on blood, brave deeds, sacrifice and needless loss, exotic vistas, endurance, homesickness, and an unmistakable American sense of humor. It?s all here?the suspenseful landing at Oran; the risks taken daily by fighter and bomber pilots; grim, unrelenting combat in the desert and mountains of Tunisia; a ferocious tank battle that ended in defeat for the inexperienced Americans; and the final victory at Tunis. Pyle?s keen observations relate the full story of ordinary G.I.s caught up in extraordinary times.
 

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

This book is a compilation of articles Pyle wrote about and during the Allied invasion of Africa in 1942 through the defeat of the Axis armies there in mid-1943. Pyle writes from the front much of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Hedgepeth - LibraryThing

Pyle does a superb job of capturing the day to day experience of the common soldier. His anecdotes bring the reality of war to the personal level - whether sad, poignant or humorous. This book should be required reading in ROTC. Read full review

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Contents

CONVOY TO AFRICA
1
THE AMERICANS HAVE LANDED
13
NOT TOO DARK AFRICA
27
POLITICAL PICTURE DECEMBER 1942
42
ON THE LAND
46
THE MEDICAL FRONT
58
TURNS AND ENCOUNTERS
70
IN THE AIR
79
SIDELIGHTS
146
DESERT SORTIE
155
THE FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION
165
ROVING REPORTERS
172
THE END IN SIGHT
182
THE FINAL PUSH
199
VICTORY
221
AFTERMATH
239

SHERMAN HAD A WORD FOR IT
107
BULLETS BATTLES AND RETREAT
123

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Ernie Pyle (1900?45) was a revered war correspondent in Europe and the South Pacific during the Second World War. He is the author of Brave Men, available in a Bison Books edition. Orr Kelly is a retired veteran Washington correspondent and the author of nine books on military subjects, including Meeting the Fox: The Allied Invasion of Africa, From Operation Torch to Kasserine Pass to Victory in Tunisia and From a Dark Sky: The Story of U.S. Air Force Special Operations.

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