The ETO is seen by many as the major theater of World War II, with more infantry regiments serving there than any other. This title follows one soldier ("Joseph") as he is drafted in February 1941, trains with the 22d Infantry in the United States and then ships to England in January 1944. On D-Day he lands on Utah Beach and in the following months fights through France, Belgium, and into Germany. The problems the common soldier faced between June 1944 and May 1945 are dealt with in particular in this authoritative and moving book.
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Table of Contents
Introduction·Different Headquarters and Separate Companies: Regimental headquarters and headquarters company; Battalion headquarters and headquarters company; Anti-tank company; Cannon company; Service company; Medical detachment; The rifle company·Weapons and Weapons Systems: Individual weapons; Carbines, rifles and pistols; Heavy weapons within the infantry regiment's separate companies·The first draft: The European Theater of Operations; the regular Army; The 22d Infantry·Chronology·Induction, prewar and post-Pearl Harbor Training: The Draft; Training; England·First Blood, Normandy June–July 1944: Between Cherbourg and Periers; The St Lo breakout·Siegfried Line and Hürtgen Forest: Promotion; Hürtgenwald; Resupply and replacements·Casualites·Prüm R&R, and crossing the Rhine·Going Home·Museums, collections and re-enactment·Bibliography·Color plate commentary·Index