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Fighting in the Great Crusade : an 8th Infantry artillery officer in World War II

Author: Gregory A Daddis; George Eugene Schwend
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Fighting in the Great Crusade combines the terse clarity of George E. Schwend's World War II combat journals with Gregory Daddis's expert commentary on the greater context of that conflict. The result is the military work that counterpoints historical and strategic analysis against a foxhole-level view of the war in Europe as U.S. soldiers experienced it."
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Genre/Form: Diaries
Biography
Named Person: George Eugene Schwend; George Eugene Schwend; Gregory A Daddis; George E Schwend
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gregory A Daddis; George Eugene Schwend
ISBN: 0807127574 9780807127575
OCLC Number: 49044001
Notes: Text by Gregory A. Daddis interwoven with the war diary of George Eugene Schwend.
Description: xv, 265 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Gregory A. Daddis ; foreword by Russell F. Weigley.

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"Fighting in the Great Crusade combines the terse clarity of George E. Schwend's World War II combat journals with Gregory Daddis's expert commentary on the greater context of that conflict. The result is the military work that counterpoints historical and strategic analysis against a foxhole-level view of the war in Europe as U.S. soldiers experienced it."

"Schwend's story, which typifies that of young American "citizen soldiers" on whom the Allied cause depended, follows a draftee through the rigors of basic training and Officer Candidate School and into the grim theater of the European campaigns in 1944 and 1945. The young lieutenant's diligent entries initially record quotidian particulars of meals, training, and letters home. The accretion of detail forms a grittily realistic day-to-day account of military life, while Daddis's expansive historical backdrop invests with poignance even such routines as Schwend's faithful attendance at movie screenings as the soldier - and readers - anticipate the fateful Normandy invasion."--Jacket.

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