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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse13 Aug 2018 12:10 p.m. PST

"No matter how many books you read, some just stand out forever. It could be a remembrance of good times, bad times or just an event from childhood. Others stir emotions that you didn't know you had. That is especially true for a combat memoir.

There is an art to describing a traumatic experience. Combat and its associated struggles do not make for easy subjects. So it is a rare gift in which an author can live through those events and write about it with such skill. These books do not glorify war. They stand as a testament to the human spirit within the futility of conflict.

The focus of these books is the European Theater of Operations as well as the Mediterranean…."
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Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2018 1:14 p.m. PST

Wilson's account, while good and heartfelt is by no means as well written as Gantter's (my favorite US memoir) or MacDonald's (was an historian for the US Army.)

Several of these I haven't read, so thanks, Armand!

Gone Fishing13 Aug 2018 3:20 p.m. PST

It's not the European theatre, but Burma, but George MacDonald Fraser's Quartered Safe Out Here is a superb read.

Major Mike13 Aug 2018 3:26 p.m. PST

A little partial to Spike Milligans books about his time in the British Army in Africa and Italy. Fairley Mowat's book is an interesting read too, again about action in Italy.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2018 5:59 a.m. PST

Panzer commander by Von Luck

Huscarle14 Aug 2018 9:42 a.m. PST

I've read a fair few memoirs, but the one that really hit me is "The Blue Door" by Lise Kristensen, a young Norwegian girl & her family interned by the Japanese in Java.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse14 Aug 2018 11:37 a.m. PST

A votre service mon ami!. (smile)


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