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The Victors: Eisenhower and His Boys: The Men of World War IIby Stephen E Ambrose
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From Americaand#8217;s preeminent military historian, Stephen E. Ambrose, comes the definitive telling of the war in Europe, from D-Day, June 6, 1944, to the end, eleven months later, on May 7, 1945.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;This authoritative narrative account is drawn by the author himself from his five acclaimed books about that conflict, most particularly from the definitive and comprehensive andlt;iandgt;D-Dayandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Citizen Soldiers,andlt;/iandgt; about which the great Civil War historian James McPherson wrote, and#8220;If there is a better book about the experience of GIs who fought in Europe during World War II, I have not read it. andlt;iandgt;Citizen Soldiersandlt;/iandgt; captures the fear and exhilaration of combat, the hunger and cold and filth of the foxholes, the small intense world of the individual rifleman as well as the big picture of the European theater in a manner that grips the reader and will not let him go. No one who has not been there can understand what combat is like but Stephen Ambrose brings us closer to an understanding than any other historian has done.and#8221;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;The Victorsandlt;/iandgt; also includes stories of individual battles, raids, acts of courage and suffering from andlt;iandgt;Pegasus Bridge,andlt;/iandgt; an account of the first engagement of D-Day, when a detachment of British airborne troops stormed the German defense forces and paved the way for the Allied invasion; and from andlt;iandgt;Band of Brothers,andlt;/iandgt; an account of an American rifle company from the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment who fought, died, and conquered, from Utah Beach through the Bulge and on to Hitter's Eagleand#8217;s Nest in Germany.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Stephen Ambrose is also the author of andlt;iandgt;Eisenhower,andlt;/iandgt; the greatest work on Dwight Eisenhower, and one of the editors of the Supreme Allied Commander's papers. He describes the momentous decisions about how and where the war was fought, and about the strategies and conduct of the generals and officers who led the invasion and the bloody drive across Europe to Berlin.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;But, as always with Stephen E. Ambrose, it is the ranks, the ordinary boys and men, who command his attention and his awe. andlt;iandgt;The Victorsandlt;/iandgt; tells their stories, how citizens became soldiers in the best army in the world. Ambrose draws on thousands of interviews and oral histories from government and private archives, from the high commandand#8212;Eisenhower, Bradley, Pattonand#8212;on down through officers and enlisted men, to re-create the last year of the Second World War when the Allied soldiers pushed the Germans out of France, chased them across Germany, and destroyed the Nazi regime.
Chronological continuing narrative of the Second World War beginning with the preparation and training of the Allied armies and Eisenhower's decision to cross the English Channel to capture the Normandy beaches on D-Day this is a portrait of extraordinary courage displayed by ordinary folk.
A TRUE CELEBRATION OF HEROISM AND BRAVERY
From America's preeminent military historian, Stephen E. Ambrose, comes a brilliant telling of World War II in Europe, from D-Day, June 6, 1944, to the end, eleven months later, on May 7, 1945. The author himself drew this authoritative narrative account from his five acclaimed books about that conflict, to yield what has been called "the best single-volume history of the war that most of us will ever read."
andlt;Bandgt;A TRUE CELEBRATION OF HEROISM AND BRAVERYandlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; From America's preeminent military historian, Stephen E. Ambrose, comes a brilliant telling of World War II in Europe, from D-Day, June 6, 1944, to the end, eleven months later, on May 7, 1945. The author himself drew this authoritative narrative account from his five acclaimed books about that conflict, to yield what has been called "the best single-volume history of the war that most of us will ever read."
About the Author
Stephen E. Ambrose is the author of numerous books of history, including the New York Times bestsellers Citizen Soldiers, Undaunted Courage, and D-Day, as well as multivolume biographies of Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. He is founder of the Eisenhower Center and president of the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans. He lives in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and Helena, Montana.
Table of Contents
2 Getting Started
3 Planning and Training for Overlord
4 "Ok, Let's Go"
5 The Opening Hours of D-Day
6 Utah Beach
7 Omaha Beach
9 The British and Canadian Beaches
10 The End of the Day
12 Breakout and Pursuit
13 At the German Border
14 Metz, Aachen, and the Hurtgen
15 The Battle of the Bulge
16 Night on the Line
17 The Rhineland Battles
18 Overrunning Germany
19 The GIs
The Invasion of France, June 6-August 25, 1944
The Defeat of Germany, August 1944-May 1945
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