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"Infantry Soldier" describes in harrowing detail the life of the men assigned to infantry rifle platoons during World War II. Few people realize the enormously disproportionate burden the men in these platoons carried: although only 6 percent of the U.S. Army in Europe. They suffered most of the casualties.
George W. Neill served with a rifle platoon in the 99th Infantry Division. Now a seasoned journalist, he takes the reader into the foxholes to reveal how combat infantrymen lived and survived, what they thought, and how they fought.
Beginning with basic training in Texas and Oklahoma, Neill moves to the front lines in Belgium and Germany. There he focuses on the role of his division in the Battle of the Bulge. The 99th, recruits bolstered by veterans of the 2nd Division, held the northern line of the bulge, preventing a German breakthrough and undermining their strategy. Using his wartime letters, his research in the United States and Europe, and hundreds of interviews, Neill chronicles his and his friends' experiences--acts of horror and heroism on the front line.
Title: Infantry Soldier: Holding the Lines at the Battle of the Bulge
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press: 2002-02-15
ISBN/UPC Number: 0806133805
ISBN/UPC Number 13: 9780806133805
Book Condition: new
Item: 16.00 Item
Seller ID: 9780806133805