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Citizen Soldiers

The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany. June 7, 1944 to May 7, 1945

by Stephen Ambrose

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Citizen Soldiers by Stephen Ambrose
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    Oct 1997, 512 pages

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    Aug 1999, 255 pages

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Professor Ambrose at his best. Very gripping narrative with good attention to detail. I really don't care for the nationalistic histrionicsthough. Ambrose once wrote an introduction to Hans von Luck's "Panzer Commander" in which he stated quite unequivocally that the German Landser was the best soldier of the war. In "Citizen Soldiers" he wrote something completely different. The late professor seems to have gotten caught up in the latest patriotic frenzy espoused be a cabal of revisionist historians whose sole purpose seems to be to show the Wehrmacht in poor light. These people strain at the gnat to show, with disingenuous manipulation of facts and figures and with incredible verbal gymnastics, that the Americans and the Germans were somehow fighting on "equal" terms in the Second World War. I would probably be the last person to deny that American troops fought magnificently in that war - they proved time and again what they were capable of - it would be absurd in the extreme to suggest that they were being faced by an equally powerful enemy on comparable terms. The statement that democracy produces better soldiers than dictatorship is just a piece of crude propaganda. No scientific study has ever been don to back up such a claim. Very readable book nevertheless
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