Book Review of Agent Zigzag by Ben Macintyre

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Book Notes

Book Review of Agent Zigzag by Ben Macintyre

Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal,  Ben Macintyre (Harmony Books, 2007, 364 pp.). Eddie Chapman was dishonorably discharged from the British Army at age 18 in 1932 for going AWOL with a girl he picked up in the Soho section of London. Returning to this shady entertainment district, he led a flashy night life supported by income from petty crime, including the position of chief safecracker for a gang of thieves. Scotland Yard caught up with him...

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Citizens of London by Lynn Olson

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Book Notes

Citizens of London by Lynn Olson

Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood With Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour,  Lynn Olson (Random House, 2010, 471 pp.) While the conventional start date of World War II is September 1939, the United States did not formally enter the fray until after Pearl Harbor in December 1941. During that period while the US hung back, Germany overran western Poland and most of Western Europe, pounded England with aerial bombing, threatened a cross-Channel invasion, then...

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Fragments of My Life With Company A, 116th Infantry Regiment by John Barnes

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in Book Notes

Fragments of My Life With Company A, 116th Infantry Regiment by John Barnes

Fragments of My Life With Company A, 116th Infantry Regiment by 29th Division veteran John Barnes. Want to know more about what it was like in Normandy and the life of an infantryman during World War II? Then read Fragments of My Life With Company A, 116th Infantry Regiment. John Barnes, a veteran of Company “A,” 116th Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, has just completed publication of his personal story and recollections of the war, From Omaha Beach to the Elbe...

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The Longest Winter by Alex Kershaw

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in Book Notes

The Longest Winter by Alex Kershaw

The Longest Winter: The Battle of the Bulge and the Epic Story of World War II’s Most Decorated Platoon By Alex Kershaw DaCapo Press, 2004; 317 pages ISBN # 0-306-81304-1 Author Alex Kershaw’s newest book examines the story of what has been called the most decorated platoon of the U.S. Army in World War II. This unit, the Intelligence and Reconnaissance Platoon of the 394th Regiment, 99th Infantry Division, fought an extremely important delaying action during...

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D-Day: The Greatest Invasion — A People’s History

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in Book Notes

D-Day: The Greatest Invasion — A People’s History

D-Day: The Greatest Invasion — A People’s History By Dan van der Vat Bloomsbury, 2003; 176 pages. ISBN # 1-58234-314-4 Dan van der Vat’s D-Day: The Greatest Invasion — A People’s History examines Operation OVERLORD, from the planning stages until the completion of the Normandy campaign in August, 1944. The book provides a general overview of the operation and also offers a look at some of the personal stories of those caught up in the largest amphibious...

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The Bedford Boys by Alex Kershaw

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in Book Notes

The Bedford Boys by Alex Kershaw

The Bedford Boys: One American Town’s Ultimate D-Day Sacrifice by Alex Kershaw DaCapo Press, 2003; 274 pages. ISBN # 0-306-81167-7 The Bedford Boys by Alex Kershaw is a monograph about the role of Company “A” of the 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division in Operation OVERLORD. Company “A” was originally a National Guard unit from Bedford, Virginia and, as part of the first assault wave on Omaha Beach during D-Day, suffered tremendous...

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