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  • Saw lots of action and survived the whole war!

    Are there good accounts from/of soldiers, sailors, airmen from any country that you have read who satisfy the threads title? I assume that surviving the whole thing means from the moment their country entered the war.

    I have read Soldat, as well as von Luck's and Raus' memoirs.

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    yup look sharp and yall find em here:

    http://warchronicle.com/highground/sources.htm


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    CV

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    • #3
      Originally posted by DidJuno View Post
      Are there good accounts from/of soldiers, sailors, airmen from any country that you have read who satisfy the threads title? I assume that surviving the whole thing means from the moment their country entered the war.

      I have read Soldat, as well as von Luck's and Raus' memoirs.
      First of all, great choice on Luck's book and Soldat. Both are excellent.

      There are dozens -- probably hundreds -- of good autobiographies from WW2. I like Mellitin's, Guderian's, and Rudel's but haven't read them in years. Chuikov's book on Stalingrad is also good, but you better like propaganda. To widen the range a little, there are also dozens of good bios from the war, and more are cranked out, it seems, every hour.
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        Along that note.... 'Company Commander' by the noted military historian and actual participant Charles B. MacDonald. In addition read his 'A Time for Trumpets'.

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          Originally posted by Centrix Vigilis View Post
          Along that note.... 'Company Commander' by the noted military historian and actual participant Charles B. MacDonald. In addition read his 'A Time for Trumpets'.

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          CV
          Thanks...I was trying to remember his name.
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            There are a lot of good smaller scale personal accounts out there. To name a few:

            Foot Soldiers: A Combat Infantryman's War in Europe- Roscoe Blunt Jr
            Visions from a Foxhole: A Rifleman in Patton's Ghost Corps- William Foley
            If You Survive- George Wilson
            The Filthy Thirteen: From the Dustbowl to Hitler's Eagle's Nest- Jake McNiece

            Filthy 13 is the only one that fits the above criteria but Blunt and Wilson landed in Normandy in early June so I guess the count.

            Matt
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              Originally posted by Airchallenged View Post
              There are a lot of good smaller scale personal accounts out there. To name a few:

              Foot Soldiers: A Combat Infantryman's War in Europe- Roscoe Blunt Jr
              Visions from a Foxhole: A Rifleman in Patton's Ghost Corps- William Foley
              If You Survive- George Wilson
              The Filthy Thirteen: From the Dustbowl to Hitler's Eagle's Nest- Jake McNiece

              Filthy 13 is the only one that fits the above criteria but Blunt and Wilson landed in Normandy in early June so I guess the count.

              Matt
              I like your list. To me the thread is about the man who was at the front. Not some commander who spent most of his time in division, corp or army headquarters while making the occasional foray to the front.

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              • #8
                George Blackburn's trilogy fits. The titles are: "Where the Hell are the Guns", "The Guns of Normandy" and "The Guns of Victory". George was an Artillery officer with a 2nd or 3rd Canadian Infantry division. He joined up in 1939, fought in NWE and survived the war.

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                  Originally posted by Centrix Vigilis View Post
                  Along that note.... 'Company Commander' by the noted military historian and actual participant Charles B. MacDonald. In addition read his 'A Time for Trumpets'.

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                  CV
                  didn't realize you had such a good taste in book's L. Both of those can be considered classic WWII been there done that's. Then we can take a look at Sgt/MSG Chilson who arguable won more medals the Murphy.

                  http://www.45thdivision.org/Veterans/Chilson.htm
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                  you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

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