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The last ridge : the epic story of America's first mountain soldiers and the assault on Hitler's Europe

Author: McKay Jenkins
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2003, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Random House trade pbk. edView all editions and formats
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When World War II broke out in Europe, the American army had no specialized division of mountain soldiers. But in the winter of 1939#x13;40, after a tiny band of Finnish mountain troops brought the invading Soviet army to its knees, an amateur skier named Charles Minot #x1B;(S2#x1B;(BMinnie#x1B;(S3 #x1B;(BDole convinced the United States Army to let him recruit an extraordinary assortment of European expatriates,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Personal narratives
Personal narratives, American
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: McKay Jenkins
ISBN: 0375759514 9780375759512
OCLC Number: 62531738
Notes: Originally published: 2003.
Description: xviii, 294 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Responsibility: McKay Jenkins.

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When World War II broke out in Europe, the American army had no specialized division of mountain soldiers. But in the winter of 1939#x13;40, after a tiny band of Finnish mountain troops brought the invading Soviet army to its knees, an amateur skier named Charles Minot #x1B;(S2#x1B;(BMinnie#x1B;(S3 #x1B;(BDole convinced the United States Army to let him recruit an extraordinary assortment of European expatriates, wealthy ski bums, mountaineers, and thrill-seekers and form them into a unique band of Alpine soldiers. These men endured nearly three years of grueling training in the Colorado Rockies and in the process set new standards for both soldiering and mountaineering. The newly forged 10th Mountain Division finally faced combat in the winter of 1945, in Italy#x19;s Apennine Mountains, against the seemingly unbreakable German fortifications north of the Gothic Line. There, they planned and executed what is still regarded as the most daring series of nighttime mountain attacks in U.S. military history, taking Mount Belvedere and the sheer, treacherous face of Riva Ridge to smash the linchpin of the German army#x19;s lines.

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