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Author:  Bazooka Joe [ Fri May 03, 2013 10:01 am ]
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Has anyone any recommendations as to WWII US Infantry memoirs? The only one I have at present is "Roll me Over" by Raymond Gantter and I would to read more.

Thanks in advance for any assistance.


Author:  WAYNE15071965 [ Fri May 03, 2013 21:52 pm ]
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I have read all of these and found them most useful and a real eye opener to what the war was really like.

Company Commander: The Classic Infantry Memoir of World War II [Paperback] by Charles B. MacDonald.
As a newly commissioned Captain of a veteran Army regiment, MacDonald's first combat was war at its most hellish -- the Battle of the Bulge. In this plain-spoken but eloquent narrative we live each minute at MacDonald's side, sharing in all of combat's misery, terror and drama. How this green commander gained his men's loyalty in the snows of war-torn Europe is one of the great, true, unforgettable war stories.

The Clay Pigeons of St. Lo [Paperback] by Glover S. Johns
Originally published in 1958 and now available for the first time in paperback, this classic of modern military history tells the exciting true story of the fall of St Lo; the first major objective of the invading American armies in Normandy in June of 1944. Although St. Loc was intended to be taken within days of the landing, stubborn German resistance postponed the town's fall until July 18. The author describes the bloody action that took place in the thirty days in between as he led his battalion-dubbed "The Indestructible Clay Pigeons" - through the daunting combat.

If You Survive by George Wilson
"If you survive your first day, I'll promote you."
So promised George Wilson's World War II commanding officer in the hedgerows of Normandy -- and it was to be a promise dramatically fulfilled. From July, 1944, to the closing days of the war, from the first penetration of the Siegfried Line to the Nazis' last desperate charge in the Battle of the Bulge, Wilson fought in the thickest of the action, helping take the small towns of northern France and Belgium building by building.
Of all the men and officers who started out in Company F of the 4th Infantry Division with him, Wilson was the only one who finished. In the end, he felt not like a conqueror or a victor, but an exhausted survivor, left with nothing but his life -- and his emotions.
If You Survive = One of the great first-person accounts of the making of a combat veteran, in the last, most violent months of World War II.

The three above can all be got from Amazon

A Soldier Remembers: A memoir of Service in the 1st Infantry Division, 1941-1945 [Paperback] by Demetrius "Pete" Lypka.

First to Warn: My Combat Experience in the 1st Recon Trp, 1st Infantry Division, in North Africa and Sicily. [Paperback] by George J.Koch.

These can be purchased from https://www.cantignygolf.com/sales/User ... 3&pageid=0

Author:  Bazooka Joe [ Sat May 04, 2013 15:23 pm ]
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Cheers Wayne!

Author:  Fingers [ Sat May 04, 2013 23:41 pm ]
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Clay Pigeons by John's is one of the best accounts I have read. Off the top of my head as its been a while since Ive read it, but the details in his first combat, taking 'unnecessary' risks, his living quarters, which would have been much more robust than the average infantryman's. The counter attacks by the FJ on the eve of the 29th push towards St Lo on 11th July. All fantastic.

Author:  ste-vec [ Sun May 05, 2013 21:37 pm ]
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3 more, Taught to Kill-J.B. Babcock.
60 Days in Combat.-D.P.Joy
The Deadly Brotherhood-J.C. McNanus.

Author:  jasper [ Sun May 05, 2013 23:24 pm ]
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Try Shrapnel by William Wharton, he was the guy who wrote "a midnight clear" which was made into a film, he kept his war experiences secret until just before his death in 2008, I found it an interesting insight into life as an I&R squad leader.

Author:  ggent001 [ Tue Jul 09, 2013 16:50 pm ]
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I enjoyed All The Way To Berlin by James Megellas. It is definitely a heart pounding memoir describing his experiences as a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne. The Waal River crossing is particularly dramatic in his first hand account.

Author:  ste-vec [ Wed Jul 10, 2013 22:49 pm ]
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Yeah, good read.

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