By Robert E. Humphrey
For the soldier at the entrance traces of worldwide struggle II, a life of terror and ache might be stuffed right into a few awful hours of strive against. This was once very true for individuals of the 99th Infantry department who repelled the Germans within the conflict of the Bulge and engaged in essentially the most dramatic, hard-fought activities of the war.
Once Upon a Time in War offers a stirring view of wrestle from the point of view of the typical soldier. writer Robert E. Humphrey in my opinion retraced the trail of the 99th via Belgium and Germany and carried out large interviews with greater than 300 surviving veterans.
When Humphrey came across that many 99ers had long past to their graves with out telling their tales, he set approximately to honor their carrier and coax memories from survivors. The thoughts stated the following, a lot of them painful and lengthy repressed, are impressive for his or her readability. those narratives, seamlessly woven to create a collective biography, supply a gritty reenactment of global battle II from the enlisted man’s aspect of view.
Although inquisitive about a unmarried department, Once Upon a Time in War captures the reports of all American GIs who fought in Europe. For readers captivated through Band of Brothers, this e-book bargains a frequently tragic, occasionally heartwarming, yet constantly compelling read.
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Once Upon a Time in War: The 99th Division in World War II (Campaigns and Commanders) by Robert E. Humphrey