In any army, it is only a minority of men who end up as combat soldiers, at the "sharp end" where they have to shoot and be shot at, but it is their experiences that are the most intense and reveal most directly what war is actually like. John Ellis has drawn together the testimony of men who fought with the British, Commonwealth, and American armies in all theaters of World War II, from Western Europe to Burma and from North Africa to the Pacific. He uses these eyewitness accounts to explain how they were trained, the different landscapes and climates in which they fought, their attitudes and aspirations, how they relaxed when they were out of the line, and, above all, how they reacted to the experience of battle.
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John Ellis is the author of Brute Force, Eye-Deep in Hell, The Social History of the Machine Gun, and The World War II Databook, and the coauthor of The World War I Databook. Max Hastings is an award-winning journalist whose titles include Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, The Korean War, and Retribution: The Battle for Japan.
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Book Description Aurum Press, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111845134591
Book Description Aurum Press, 2009. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: - A reissue of an established classic of military history with a new Foreword by Max Hastings - An account of the experience of the combat soldier based upon first-hand testimony from men who fought in the British, Commonwealth and American armies in all arms and on all fronts in World War II - Conveys as no other book has ever done exactly what it was like to be at the 'sharp end' of the most violent war in history. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_1845134591