Into the Mountains Dark: A WWII Odyssey from Harvard Crimson to Infantry Blue

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9780966638943: Into the Mountains Dark: A WWII Odyssey from Harvard Crimson to Infantry Blue

The verified, uncensored diary of an American WWII infantryman, from enlistment in 1943 through his baptism of fire in the rugged Vosges Mountains of France in late 1944. This book is purely the candid, point-blank thoughts of an intelligent 18-year old infantry scout, and includes honest accounts and reflections on leadership, training, and comradeship, good and bad, inspirational and disappointing. Kept in violation of US Army policies which forbade the maintenance of personal journals in combat, what was once an operational security violation is now a brilliant vehicle for understanding the experiences of an American infantryman...the last time America defeated a world-class foe!

6" x 9" soft cover format; 255 pp.; seven highly-detailed, original maps and diagrams; 40 photos and illustrations; index.

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Into the Mountains Dark is not only a riveting and revealing personal diary/memoir, but a serious tactical history which contains important information about highly significant battles between units of the US Seventh Army and the German 19th Army.

US Army

3rd Infantry Division 45th Infantry Division 100th Infantry Division

German Army

716th Volks-Grenadier Division 708th Volks-Grenadier Division

About the Author:

Frank Gurley enlisted before his 18th birthday in 1943, as a freshman at Harvard University. Initially assigned to the Army's enlisted "brain trust," the Army Specialized Training Program, like dozens of thousands of other ASTPers, the author was reassigned to the infantry when the Army realized that it needed riflemen, machinegunners, and mortarmen far more than it needed scholars. After his post-war honorable discharge, Frank returned to Harvard, earning his bachelor's and law degrees by the early 1950s. He is retired from his highly successful corporate law practice and living in Switzerland.

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