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 E. Ambrose

Publisher: G K Hall & Company

ISBN: 9780783801742

Category: History

Page: 783

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Citizen Soldiers begins on June 7, 1944 and ends on May 7, 1945. In between are graphic re-enactments of the battles that finally defeated Germany. Ambrose draws on hundreds of interviews and oral histories from men on both sides who were there, and re-creates the experiences for the reader: fighting in the cold and wet, gruesome wounds, combat exhaustion, looting, and random destruction - the suffering of warfare. He describes how citizen soldiers overcame their fear and inexperience to win the war in a definitive book on the most important time frame in World War II.

Citizen Soldiers

The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany June 7, 1944, to May 7, 1945

Author: Stephen E. Ambrose

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476740259

Category: History

Page: 528

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From Stephen E. Ambrose, bestselling author of Band of Brothers and D-Day, the inspiring story of the ordinary men of the U.S. army in northwest Europe from the day after D-Day until the end of the bitterest days of World War II. In this riveting account, historian Stephen E. Ambrose continues where he left off in his #1 bestseller D-Day. Citizen Soldiers opens at 0001 hours, June 7, 1944, on the Normandy beaches, and ends at 0245 hours, May 7, 1945, with the allied victory. It is biography of the US Army in the European Theater of Operations, and Ambrose again follows the individual characters of this noble, brutal, and tragic war. From the high command down to the ordinary soldier, Ambrose draws on hundreds of interviews to re-create the war experience with startling clarity and immediacy. From the hedgerows of Normandy to the overrunning of Germany, Ambrose tells the real story of World War II from the perspective of the men and women who fought it.

Pegasus Bridge

Author: Stephen E. Ambrose

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439126674

Category: History

Page: 208

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In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, a small detachment of British airborne troops stormed the German defense forces and paved the way for the Allied invasion of Europe. Pegasus Bridge was the first engagement of D-Day, the turning point of World War II. This gripping account of it by acclaimed author Stephen Ambrose brings to life a daring mission so crucial that, had it been unsuccessful, the entire Normandy invasion might have failed. Ambrose traces each step of the preparations over many months to the minute-by-minute excitement of the hand-to-hand confrontations on the bridge. This is a story of heroism and cowardice, kindness and brutality -- the stuff of all great adventures.

Wild Blue

741 Squadron: On A Wing And A Prayer Over Occupied Europe

Author: Stephen E. Ambrose

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471104419

Category: History

Page: 304

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In the bestselling BAND OF BROTHERS, Stephen E. Ambrose portrayed in vivid detail the experiences of soldiers who fought on the bloody battlegrounds of World War II. THE WILD BLUE brings to life another extraordinary band of brothers - the men who volunteered to join the American Air Force and undertook some of the most demanding and dangerous jobs in the war. Focusing on the men of the 741st Bomb Squadron and, in particular, the crew of the DAKOTA QUEEN, these are the boys turned pilots, bombardiers, navigators and gunners of the B24s, who suffered 50 per cent casualties during conflict. With his extraordinary talent for bringing alive the action and tension of combat, Ambrose sweeps us along in the B24s as their crews fought to the death to reach their targets and destroy the German war machine.

Voices of D-Day

The Story of the Allied Invasion Told by Those Who Were There

Author: Ronald J. Drez

Publisher: LSU Press

ISBN: 9780807120811

Category: History

Page: 312

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In 1983 the Eisenhower Center at the University of New Orleans began a project to record the recollections of as many people as possible -- civilians as well as soldiers -- who were involved in one of the most pivotal events of the century. Skillfully edited by Ronald J. Drez and first published on the fifty-year anniversary of D-Day, the award-winning Voices of D-Day tells the story of that momentous operation almost entirely through the words of the people who were there.

To America

Personal Reflections of an Historian

Author: Stephen E. Ambrose

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743202756

Category: History

Page: 265

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The popular historian shares his views of his own life and on the history of America, in a series of reflections on the Founding Fathers, Native Americans, Theodore Roosevelt, World War II, civil rights, Vietnam, and the writing of history.

The Victors

The Men of WWII

Author: Stephen E. Ambrose

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471104400

Category: History

Page: 400

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Stephen A. Ambrose draws from and integrates in this one-volume history of the Second World War his five acclaimed books about the conflict, most particularly from the definitive and comprehensive D-DAY and CITIZEN SOLDIERS. THE VICTORS is woven into a chronological continuing narrative, beginning with the preparation and training of the Allied armies and Eisenhower's decision to cross the English Channel to capture the Normandy beaches on D-DAY. From Utah bridge to The Bulge and on to Hitler's Eagle's nest in Germany, Ambrose describes the momentous events of the war until the final days when the Allied soldiers pushed the German troops out of France, chased them across Germany, and destroyed the Nazi regime, making this the definitive history of the Second World War. At the centre of this epic drama are the citizen soldiers, the boys who became men as they fought and rose to the occasion, proving eventually unbeatable. THE VICTORS displays Ambrose's scholarship and authority, his readability, and the powerful love and admiration for these young men that make his books on war so moving and popular.

Duty, Honor, Country

A History of West Point

Author: Stephen E. Ambrose

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801862939

Category: History

Page: 377

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Chronicles the history of the United States Military Academy.

D-Day, June 6, 1944

The Climactic Battle of World War II

Author: Stephen E. Ambrose

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780743449748

Category: Normandy (France)

Page: 655

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On the basis of 1,400 oral histories from the men who were there, bestselling author and World War II historian Stephen E. Ambrose reveals for the first time anywhere that the intricate plan for the invasion of France in June 1944 had to be abandoned before the first shot was fired. The true story of D-Day, as Ambrose relates it, is about the citizen soldiers - junior officers and enlisted men - taking the initiative to act on their own to break through Hitler's Atlantic Wall when they realised that nothing was as they had been told it would be. D-DAY is the brilliant, no holds barred, telling of the battles of Omaha and Utah beaches. Ambrose relives the epic victory of democracy on the most important day of the twentieth century.

The Supreme Commander

The War Years of General Dwight D. Eisenhower

Author: Stephen E. Ambrose

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781578062065

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 732

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In North Africa, on the beaches at Normandy, and in the Battle of the Bulge, Dwight David Eisenhower proved himself as one of the world's greatest military leaders. Faced with conciliating or disagreeing with such stormy figures as Churchill, Roosevelt, and DeGaulle, and generals like Montgomery and Patton, General Eisenhower showed himself to be as skillful a diplomat as he was a strategist. Stephen E. Ambrose, associate editor of the General's official papers, analyzes his subject's decisions in The Supreme Commander, which Doubleday first published in 1970. Throughout the book Ambrose traces the steady development of Eisenhower's generalcy--from its dramatic beginnings through his time at the top post of Allied command. The New York Times Book Review said of The Supreme Commander, "It is Mr. Ambrose's special triumph that he has been able to fight through the memoranda, the directives, plans, reports, and official self-serving pieties of the World War II establishment to uncover the idiosyncratic people at its center. ... General Dwight Eisenhower comes remarkably alive. ...[Ambrose's] angle of sight is so fresh and lively that one reads as if one did not know what was coming next. It is better than that: One does know what's coming next--not only the winning of a war but the making of a general--but the interest is in seeing how." This study of Eisenhower's role in the world's biggest war is absorbing as reading and invaluable as a reference. Stephen E. Ambrose was Director Emeritus of the Eisenhower Center, Boyd Professor of History at the University of New Orleans, and president of the National D- Day Museum. He was the author of many books, most recently The Mississippi and the Making of a Nation: From the Louisana Purchase to Today. His compilation of 1,400 oral histories from American veterans and authorship of over 20 books established him as one of the foremost historians of the Second World War in Europe. He died October 13, 2002, in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

This Vast Land

A Young Man's Journal of the Lewis and Clark Expedition : a Novel

Author: Stephen E. Ambrose

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0689864485

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 293

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A fictional journal recounting the travels--from 1803 to 1806--of eighteen-year-old George Shannon, the youngest member of Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery, as the Corps explores the west and seeks a water route to the Pacific Ocean.

The World within War

Author: Gerald Linderman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476725691

Category: History

Page: 416

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Gerald Linderman has created a seamless and highly original social history, authoritatively recapturing the full experience of combat in World War II. Drawing on letters and diaries, memoirs and surveys, Linderman explores how ordinary frontline American soldiers prepared for battle, related to one another, conceived of the enemy, thought of home, and reacted to battle itself. He argues that the grim logic of protracted combat threatened soldiers not only with the loss of limbs and lives but with growing isolation from country and commanders and, ultimately, with psychological disintegration.

Crazy Horse and Custer

The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors

Author: Stephen E. Ambrose

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1497659256

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 527

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A New York Times bestseller from the author of Band of Brothers: The biography of two fighters forever linked by history and the battle at Little Bighorn. On the sparkling morning of June 25, 1876, 611 men of the United States 7th Cavalry rode toward the banks of Little Bighorn in the Montana Territory, where three thousand Indians stood waiting for battle. The lives of two great warriors would soon be forever linked throughout history: Crazy Horse, leader of the Oglala Sioux, and General George Armstrong Custer. Both were men of aggression and supreme courage. Both became leaders in their societies at very early ages. Both were stripped of power, in disgrace, and worked to earn back the respect of their people. And to both of them, the unspoiled grandeur of the Great Plains of North America was an irresistible challenge. Their parallel lives would pave the way, in a manner unknown to either, for an inevitable clash between two nations fighting for possession of the open prairie.

Comrades

Brothers, Fathers, Heroes, Sons, Pals

Author: Stephen E. Ambrose

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684873915

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 144

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Comrades is a celebration of male friendships. Acclaimed historian Stephen Ambrose begins his examination with a glance inward -- he starts this book with his brothers, his first and forever friends, and the shared experiences that join them for a lifetime, overcoming distance and misunderstandings. He next writes of Dwight D. Eisenhower, who had a golden gift for friendship and who shared a perfect trust with his younger brother Milton in spite of their apparently unequal stations. With great emotion, Ambrose describes the relationships of the young soldiers of Easy Company who fought and died together from Normandy to Germany, and he recalls with admiration three unlikely friends who fought in different armies in that war. He recounts the friendships of Lewis and Clark and of Crazy Horse and He Dog, and he tells the story of the Custer brothers who died together at the Little Big Horn. Ambrose remembers and celebrates the friends he has made and kept throughout his life. Comrades concludes with the author's recollection of his own friendship with his father. "He was my first and always most important friend," Ambrose writes. "I didn't learn that until the end, when he taught me the most important thing, that the love of father-son-father-son is a continuum, just as love and friendship are expansive."

American Heritage New History of World War II

Author: Stephen E. Ambrose

Publisher: Viking Adult

ISBN: 9780670874743

Category: History

Page: 628

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A comprehensive and riveting account of the six-year global conflict that transformed world politics and shaped the course of modern history includes hundreds of haunting images from renowned war photographers.

Citizen Soliders

From the Normandy Beaches to the Surrender of Germany

Author: Stephen E. Ambrose

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781471158339

Category:

Page: 528

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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.

Alamo in the Ardennes

The Untold Story of the American Soldiers Who Made the Defense of Bastogne Possible

Author: John C. McManus

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0471739057

Category: History

Page: 296

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"Alamo in the Ardennes tells the powerful yet little-known story of the bloody delaying action fought by the 28th Infantry Division, elements of the 9th and 10th Armored Divisions, and other, smaller units. Outnumbered at times by as much as ten to one, outgunned by Hitler's dreaded panzers, and with no hope of reinforcement, they bore the full fury of the Nazi onslaught for five days, making the Germans pay for every icy inch of ground they gained." "Featuring numerous maps and a complete list of the soldiers, local civilians, and German commanders whose actions it recounts, Alamo in the Ardennes provides a day-by-day account of this pivotal moment in America's greatest war."--Jacket.

The Good Fight

How World War II Was Won

Author: Stephen E. Ambrose

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0689843615

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 96

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A chronicle of World War II includes accounts of major events and personal anecdotes from soldiers in the field.