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The Fighting First : the untold story of the Big Red One on D-Day

Author: Flint Whitlock
Publisher: Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Fighting First is the previously untold story of the 1st Infantry Division's part in the D-Day invasion of France at Normandy. Using a variety of primary sources, official records, interviews, and unpublished memoirs by the veterans themselves, author Flint Whitlock has crafted a story of courage under fire. Operation Overlord - the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944 - was arguably the most important  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Whitlock, Flint.
Fighting First.
Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, c2004
(OCoLC)607162638
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Flint Whitlock
ISBN: 081334218X 9780813342184
OCLC Number: 54111594
Description: xv, 384 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
1. "An army that won't complain, won't fight" --
2. "Overpaid, oversexed, and over here" --
3. "Rumors were rampant" --
4. "Rommel had thoroughly muddled our plans" --
5. "We must give the order" --
6. "What I saw was terrifying" --
7. "This time we have failed" --
8. "The feeling of death in the air" --
9. "I was king of the hill" --
10. "Pastures of green grass, full of beautiful cows" --
11. "The men are worn out" --
12. "Today is a very fine day" --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Flint Whitlock.
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"The Fighting First is the previously untold story of the 1st Infantry Division's part in the D-Day invasion of France at Normandy. Using a variety of primary sources, official records, interviews, and unpublished memoirs by the veterans themselves, author Flint Whitlock has crafted a story of courage under fire. Operation Overlord - the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944 - was arguably the most important battle of World War II, and Omaha Beach was the hottest spot in the entire operation. Leading the amphibious assault on the Easy Red and Fox Green sectors of Omaha Beach was the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division - the Big Red One - a battle-hardened outfit with a fine combat record. The saga of the Big Red One, however, did not end with the storming of the beachhead. The author concludes with an account of the 1st in their fight across France and Belgium and into Germany itself, playing pivotal roles in the bloody battles for Aachen, the Huertgen Forest, and the Battle of the Bulge. The Fighting First is an inspiring, graphic, and often heartbreaking story of young American soldiers performing their D-Day missions with spirit, humor, and determination."--Jacket.

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