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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

Author: Stephen Ambrose
528 pages Reprint edition (September 1998) Touchstone Books;
ISBN: 0684848015
Dimensions (in inches): 1.50 x 9.25 x 6.07

Table of Contents:

  • Table of Contents
  • Maps
    Introduction and Acknowledgments
    The Battle for France
    Expanding the Beachhead, June 7-30, 1944
    Hedgerow Fighting, July 1-24, 1944
    Breakout and Encirclement, July 25-August 25, 1944
    To the Siegfried Line, August 26-September 30, 1944
    The Siegfried Line, October 1944
    At the German Border
    Metz and the Hurtgen Forest, November 1-December 15, 1944
    The Ardennes, December 16-19, 1944
    The Ardennes, December 20-23, 1944
    The Holiday Season, December 24-31, 1944
    Life in ETO
    Night on the Line
    Replacements and Reinforcements, Fall 1944
    The Air War
    Medics, Nurses, and Doctors
    Jerks, Sad Sacks, Profiteers, and Jim Crow
    Prisoners of War
    Overrunning Germany Winter War, January 1945
    Closing to the Rhine, February 1-March 6, 1945
    Crossing the Rhine, March 7-31, 1945
    Victory, April 1-May 7, 1945
    Epilogue: The GIs and Modern America

  • Total pages : Hardcover = 528 pages
  • Paperback = 528 pages


From Publisher's Weekly - Publishers Weekly
The story of the front-line American combatants who took WWII to the Germans from Normandy to the Elbe River makes, in Ambrose's expert hands, for an outstanding sequel to his D-Day. These men are frequently dismissed as winning victories by firepower rather than acknowledged for their individual fighting power. Using interviews and other personal accounts by both German and American participants, Ambrose tells instead the story of enlisted men and junior officers who not only mastered the battlefield but developed emotional resources that endured and transcended the shocks of modern combat. Ambrose's accounts of the fighting in Normandy, the breakout and the bitter autumn struggles for Aachen and the battles in the Huertgen Forest and around Metz depict an army depending not on generalship but on the courage, skill and adaptability of small-unit commanders and their men. The 1945 offensive into Germany was a triumph of a citizen army, but the price was high. One infantry company landed in Normandy on August 8 with 187 men and six officers. By V-E Day, 625 men had served in its ranks. Fifty-one had been killed, 183 wounded and 167 suffered frostbite or trench foot. Nor do statistics tell the whole story. Ambrose's reconstruction of "a night on the line" is a brilliant evocation of physical hardship and emotional isolation that left no foxhole veteran unscarred. It is good to be reminded of brave men's brave deeds with the eloquence and insight that the author brings to this splendid, generously illustrated and moving history.



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