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CITIZEN SOLDIERS : THE U.S. ARMY FROM THE NORMANDY BEACHES TO THE BULGE TO THE SURRENDER OF GERMANY -- JUNE 7, 1944-MAY 7, 1945

Stephen E. Ambrose

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ISBN 10: 0684815257 / ISBN 13: 9780684815251
Published by Simon & Schuster, US, 1997
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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First Edition. First Printing. Signed by author on title page. Pages are otherwise unmarked by previous owners. Binding is square and tight. Boards are clean but lightly worn along edges, spine ends and corners. Text block is foxed. Dust jacket has some slight edgewear, creases and rubbing at spine ends and corners. Dust jacket covers are faintly toned and rubbed. Dust jacket is in a protective mylar cover. PICTURES PROVIDED UPON REQUEST. Bookseller Inventory # 22334

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Title: CITIZEN SOLDIERS : THE U.S. ARMY FROM THE ...

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, US

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good plus

Signed: Signed

Edition: First Edition.

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Synopsis:

This sequel to D-DAY opens at 00:01 hours, June 7, 1944 on the Normandy Beaches and ends at 02:45 hours, May 7, 1945. In between comes the battles in the hedgerows of Normandy, the breakout of Saint-Lo, the Falaise gap, Patton tearing through France, the liberation of Paris, the attempt to leap the Rhine in operation Market-Garden, the near-miraculous German recovery, the battles around Metz and in the Huertgen Forest, the Battle of the Bulge, the capture of the bridge at Remagen and, finally, the overunning of Germany. From the enlisted men and junior officers, Ambrose draws on hundreds of interviews and oral histories from those on both sides of the war. The experience of these citizen soldiers reveals the ordinary sufferings and hardships of war. They overcame their fear and inexperience, the mistakes of their high command and their enemy to win the war.

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Stephen E. Ambrose combines history and journalism to describe how American GIs battled their way to the Rhineland. He focuses on the combat experiences of ordinary soldiers, as opposed to the generals who led them, and offers a series of compelling vignettes that read like an enterprising reporter's dispatches from the front lines. The book presents just enough contextual material to help readers understand the big picture, and includes memorable accounts of the Battle of the Bulge and other events as seen through the weary eyes of the men who fought in the foxholes. Highly recommended for fans of Ambrose, as well as all readers interested in understanding the life of a 1940s army grunt. A sort of sequel to Ambrose's bestselling 1994 book D-Day, Citizen Soldiers is more than capable of standing on its own.

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