Normandy to Victory: The War Diary of General Courtney H. Hodges and the First U.S. Army

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John Greenwood
University Press of Kentucky, Sep 26, 2008 - History - 616 pages
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Appalachia has played a complex and often contradictory role in the unfolding of American history. Created by urban journalists in the years following the Civil War, the idea of Appalachia provided a counterpoint to emerging definitions of progress. Early-twentieth-century critics of modernity saw the region as a remnant of frontier life, a reflection of simpler times that should be preserved and protected. However, supporters of development and of the growth of material production, consumption, and technology decried what they perceived as the isolation and backwardness of the place and sought to “uplift” the mountain people through education and industrialization.


Ronald D Eller has worked with local leaders, state policymakers, and national planners to translate the lessons of private industrial-development history into public policy affecting the region. In Uneven Ground: Appalachia since 1945, Eller examines the politics of development in Appalachia since World War II with an eye toward exploring the idea of progress as it has evolved in modern America. Appalachia’s struggle to overcome poverty, to live in harmony with the land, and to respect the diversity of cultures and the value of community is also an American story. In the end, Eller concludes, “Appalachia was not different from the rest of America; it was in fact a mirror of what the nation was becoming.”


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Courtney Hicks Hodges
1 The Invasion of France and the Lodgment in Normandy 2 June24 July 1944
2 Operation Cobra and the Breakthrough at St Lo 2531 July 1944
3 Exploitation of the St Lo Breakthrough 1 August12 September 1944
4 The Battle of Germany 13 September15 December 1944
5 The German Counteroffensive and the Drive to the Roer River 16 December 194422 February 1945
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6 Crossing the Roer River 2328 February 1945
7 Crossing the Rhine River 124 March 1945
8 Exploutation of the Remagen Bridgehead 25 March18 April 1945
9 Final Operations 19 April7 May 1945

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John T. Greenwood, retired Chief of the Office of Medical History, Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Army, is the author of Medics at War: Military Medicine from Colonial Times to the Twenty-first Century and Milestones of Aviation.

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