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Fragments of war : a marine's personal journey

Author: Bertram A Yaffe
Publisher: Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A World War II marine officer who survived three major campaigns in the Pacific offers an authentic and compelling picture of tank warfare in this chronicle of his experiences. From the grueling combat in the rain forest of Bougainville to the fierce assault on Guam and the vicious struggle for Iwo Jima, Bertram Yaffe balances the realities of combat with personal reflections on the nature of humanity and courage
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Genre/Form: Biography
Personal narratives
Personal narratives, American
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Yaffe, Bertram A., 1920-
Fragments of war.
Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, ©1999
(OCoLC)607186878
Named Person: Bertram A Yaffe; Bertram A Yaffe; Bertram A Yaffe
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bertram A Yaffe
ISBN: 1557509794 9781557509796
OCLC Number: 40417839
Notes: Includes index.
Description: x, 157 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Bertram A. Yaffe.

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A World War II marine officer who survived three major campaigns in the Pacific offers an authentic and compelling picture of tank warfare in this chronicle of his experiences. From the grueling combat in the rain forest of Bougainville to the fierce assault on Guam and the vicious struggle for Iwo Jima, Bertram Yaffe balances the realities of combat with personal reflections on the nature of humanity and courage under horrifying circumstances.

With wry humor he takes us inside the mind of a young tank officer wrestling with the concept of war and his own need to square rationalism with an intuitive, sometimes mystical, view of reality. As a result, Yaffe shares with us the meditations and avenues of contemplation that helped him survive the grotesque experience of war and cope with the stress that so often follows extreme battlefield ordeals.

Central to his ability to deal with these problems, we learn, were his deep feelings for his wife and the important family bonds their marriage helped restore - their Russian-Jewish grandfathers were brothers separated during the Russo-Japanese War.

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