The Last Ridge: The Epic Story of America’s First Mountain Soldiers and the Assault on Hitler’s Europe

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Random House #ad - Military history, taking mount belvedere and the sheer, treacherous face of Riva Ridge to smash the linchpin of the German army’s lines. Drawing on unique cooperation from veterans of the 10th Mountain Division and a vast archive of unpublished letters and documents, energy, The Last Ridge is written with enormous warmth, and honesty.

This is one of the most captivating stories of World War II, a blend of Band of Brothers and Into Thin Air. When world war ii broke out in Europe, the American army had no specialized division of mountain soldiers. The newly forged 10th mountain division finally faced combat in the winter of 1945, in Italy’s Apennine Mountains, against the seemingly unbreakable German fortifications north of the Gothic Line.

The Last Ridge: The Epic Story of America's First Mountain Soldiers and the Assault on Hitler's Europe #ad - 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. There, they planned and executed what is still regarded as the most daring series of nighttime mountain attacks in U. S. But in the winter of 1939–40, after a tiny band of finnish mountain troops brought the invading Soviet army to its knees, wealthy ski bums, an amateur skier named Charles Minot “Minnie” Dole convinced the United States Army to let him recruit an extraordinary assortment of European expatriates, mountaineers, and thrill-seekers and form them into a unique band of Alpine soldiers.

It is a story of young men asked to do the impossible, and succeeding.

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Cutthroats: The Adventures of a Sherman Tank Driver in the Pacific

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Presidio Press #ad - A land mine could blow off the tracks, leaving its crew marooned and helpless, and the nightmare of swarms of Japanese armed with satchel charges was all too real. Soon after we landed it became apparent that there was more than enough artillery here, that the enemy were excellent shots, and that their ammo supply seemed to be endless.

With the japanese deeply entrenched and determined to die rather than surrender, Robert Dick and his fellow soldiers quickly realized that theirs would be a war fought inch by bloody inch–and that their Sherman tanks would serve front and center. But there was a war to be won, and Americans like Robert Dick did their jobs without fanfare, and without glory.

Cutthroats: The Adventures of a Sherman Tank Driver in the Pacific #ad - This gripping account of tanker combat is a ringing testament to the awe-inspiring bravery of ordinary Americans. From the Paperback edition. As driver, dick had to maneuver his five-man crew in and out of dangerous and often deadly situations. Whether crawling up beaches, or exposed in the treacherous valleys of Okinawa, bogged down in the mud-soaked Leyte jungle, the Sherman was a favorite target.

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Prisoner of the Samurai: Surviving the Sinking of the USS Houston and the Death Railway

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Casemate #ad - During world War II, Lt. Those who survived the hard labor and harsh conditions there would be sent onto Thailand, then Singapore before arriving in Japan in 1945, spending the last few months of the war working in coal mines just 40 miles outside Nagasaki. Many were encouraged to write down their experiences as part of their therapy.

Rosalie Hamric was an R. N. Serving as charge nurse in the Psychiatric Ward of the Guantanamo Bay Naval Hospital. At the end of the war, a group of liberated prisoners of war from Southeast Asia, survivors of the sinking of the USS Houston in 1942, was sent to the ward for treatment. One, james gee, pfc, usMC did a particularly detailed job.

Prisoner of the Samurai: Surviving the Sinking of the USS Houston and the Death Railway #ad - His account covers the sinking of the Houston, his rescue by a Japanese ship, and his experiences in Japanese camps over the next three years. Initially a prisoner in java forced to load and unload enemy ships, he was then transferred to Burma where he worked on the "death railway, then in Batavia, " living on the banks of the River Kwai.

Now rediscovered, James's story can be told to a new generation. Rosalie worked his accounts into a manuscript, which following her sudden death, languished in an attic for over thirty years.

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Where Eagles Dare

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HarperCollins #ad - The classic world War II thriller from the acclaimed master of action and suspense. Their mission: to rescue a crashed American general before the Nazi interrogators can force him to reveal secret D-Day plans. Now reissued in a new cover style. One winter night, seven men and a woman are parachuted onto a mountainside in wartime Germany.

Where Eagles Dare #ad - Their objective: an apparently inaccessible castle, headquarters of the Gestapo.

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If You Survive: From Normandy to the Battle of the Bulge to the End of World War II, One American Officer's Riveting True Story

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Ballantine Books #ad - From july, to the closing days of the war, wilson fought in the thickest of the action, 1944, from the first penetration of the Siegfried Line to the Nazis' last desperate charge in the Battle of the Bulge, helping take the small towns of northern France and Belgium building by building. Of all the men and officers who started out in Company F of the 4th Infantry Division with him, Wilson was the only one who finished.

If you survive your first day, I'll promote you. So promised george wilson's world War II commanding officer in the hedgerows of Normandy -- and it was to be a promise dramatically fulfilled. In the end, he felt not like a conqueror or a victor, but an exhausted survivor, left with nothing but his life -- and his emotions.

If You Survive: From Normandy to the Battle of the Bulge to the End of World War II, One American Officer's Riveting True Story #ad - If you surviveone of the great first-person accounts of the making of a combat veteran, in the last, most violent months of World War II. From the Paperback edition.

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from Gallipoli to the Western Front and Home Again - In Great Spirits: Archie Barwick's WWI Diary

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HarperCollins #ad - Archie albert barwick was an enthusiastic young 24 year old when he joined the First AIF in late August 1914 - his service number was 914. He was wounded three times and sent back to the fighting, before finally travelling back home in December 1918. This diary is simply a treasure - vivid, alive, compelling.

When he learnt that he'd been accepted into the army, he was so happy he turned two somersaults for pure joy. Readable, spirited and humming with life, In Great Spirits is a unique and incredibly moving tribute to the Australian character and the ANZAC spirit. His description of the war is by turns down-to-earth, funny, horrifying, illuminating, touching and terribly sad.

from Gallipoli to the Western Front and Home Again - In Great Spirits: Archie Barwick's WWI Diary #ad - In his diary, archie describes someone as being 'merry & bright & never downhearted' and this could be a description of Archie himself. An aussie soldier's diary of the first World War - by turns compelling, funny, illuminating, touching and sad - and absolutely unputdownable. This is his diary, from marseilles through to the terrible winter of 1916 in the Somme, that he kept throughout the war - from Cairo to Gallipoli, from Ypres to Pozieres.

Yet his voice and personality shine through.

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No Ordinary Joes: The Extraordinary True Story of Four Submariners in War and Love and Life

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Crown #ad - The lure of service and duty to country were not their primary motivations—they were more compelled by the promise of a job that provided “three hots and a cot” and a steady paycheck. With a scope both panoramic and disarmingly intimate, No Ordinary Joes is a powerful look at the atrocities of war, the reality of its aftermath, and the restorative power of love.

Author larry colton brings the lives of these four “ordinary” heroes into brilliant focus. All were enlistees from families that struggled through the Great Depression. When the liberation finally came, all four anticipated a triumphant homecoming to waiting families, loved ones, but instead were forced to find a new kind of strength as they struggled to resume their lives in a world that had given them up for dead, and wives, and with the aftershocks of an experience that haunted and colored the rest of their days.

No Ordinary Joes: The Extraordinary True Story of Four Submariners in War and Love and Life #ad - . On april 23, 1943, the seventy-man crew of the usS Grenadier scrambled to save their submarine—and themselves—after a Japanese aerial torpedo sent it crashing to the ocean floor. Theirs is a story of tragedy and courage, loss and endurance, romance and war, failure and redemption. On the day they were captured, all four were still teenagers.

Together, the men faced unimaginable brutality at the hands of their captors in a prisoner of war camp. With no training in how to respond in the face of relentless interrogations and with less than a cup of rice per day for sustenance, each man created his own strategy for survival.

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Viper Pilot: A Memoir of Air Combat

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William Morrow #ad - Earlier, on 9/11, hampton's father was inside the Pentagon when it was attacked; with his dad's fate unknown, Hampton was scrambled into American skies and given the unprecedented orders to shoot down any unidentified aircraft. For twenty years, logging 608 combat hours in the world's most iconic fighter jet: the F-16 "Fighting Falcon, Lieutenant Colonel Dan Hampton was a leading member of the Wild Weasels, " or "Viper.

Viper Pilot: A Memoir of Air Combat #ad - He spearheaded the 2003 invasion of Iraq, leading the first flight of fighters over the border en route to strike Baghdad. Viper pilot is an unforgettable look into the closed world of fighter pilots and modern air combat. The new york times bestselling memoir of 21st-century air combat, flying behind enemy lines to purposely draw fire, the wild weasels are elite fighter squadrons with the most dangerous job in the air forceone of the greatest aviation memoirs ever written, BY "ONE OF THE DECORATED PILOTS IN AIR FORCE HISTORY" NEW YORK POST151 combat missions21 hard kills on surface -to -air missile sites4 Distinguished Flying Crosses with Valor1 Purple HeartFirst into a war zone, Viper Pilot is an Air Force legend's thrilling eyewitness account of modern air warfare.

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Reluctant Warrior: A Marine's True Story of Duty and Heroism in Vietnam

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Ballantine Books #ad - The best thing i can say about it is I didn't want it to end. Col. One of the best vietnam war stories i've ever read, one damn good, compelling read. This memoir is gripping. American Way. David hackworth, new york times bestselling author of About FaceBy the spring of 1970, American troops were ordered to pull out of Vietnam.

Hodgins served in company C, 1st RECON Bn Rein, as a platoon leader. It's almost something out of a Clancy novel, yet it's true. Heavily armed, the teams fought a multitude of  bitter engagements with a numerically superior and increasingly aggressive enemy. Michael C. In powerful, graphic prose, he chronicles his experience as a patrol leader in myriad combat situations--from hasty ambush to emergency extraction to prisoner snatch to combined-arms ambush.

Reluctant Warrior: A Marine's True Story of Duty and Heroism in Vietnam #ad - The marines of 1st reconnaissance battalion, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel "Wild Bill" Drumright, were assigned to cover the withdrawal of 1st Marine Division. The marines of 1st recON Bn operated in teams of six or seven men.

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The Only Thing Worth Dying For: How Eleven Green Berets Fought for a New Afghanistan P.S.

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - In the tradition of black hawk down, the only thing worth dying for is, in the words of former Congressman Charlie Wilson from Charlie Wilson's War, "the one book you must read if you have any hope of understanding what our fine American soldiers are up against in Afghanistan. ". Eric blehm, is back with another true adventure story, author of the award-winning The Last Season, The Only Thing Worth Dying For.

Set in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, the only thing worth Dying For chronicles the untold story of the team of Green Berets led by Captain Jason Amerine that conquered the Taliban and helped bring Hamid Karzai to power in Afghanistan.

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Rise to Victory

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Berkley #ad - The acclaimed author of the usa today bestseller pride runs deep returns to the pulse-pounding depths of international suspense as an undersea war is waged…   Returning from deployment in the Middle East, attack sub USS Providence has received emergency tasking orders only miles from homeport. And only the victor can surface alive.

Rise to Victory #ad - The mission: head for Indonesia and evacuate U. S. Positioned on the front lines of the war on terrorism, the hunters of the USS Providence are now the hunted as they become engaged with a rebel sub in an epic undersea duel. Citizens endangered by a violent rebellion.

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