An Ordinary Soldier

Afghanistan: A ferocious enemy. A bloody conflict. One man's impossible mission

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Author: Doug Beattie MC

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1847398928

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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On 11th September 2006 - exactly five years after the attacks on the Twin Towers - a modern day Rorke's Drift was played out in the town of Garmsir, known as the Taliban gateway to Helmand Province. 40-year-old Capt. Doug Beattie of the 1stBattalion Royal Irish Regiment was charged with the mission to help retake Garmsir from the Taliban. His commanders said it would take two days; it actually took two weeks of exhausting, bloody conflict in which at times he would be one of only a small unit up against a ferocious enemy in impossible conditions.For his repeated bravery Doug Beattie was decorated with the Military Cross. AN ORDINARY SOLDIER offers an extraordinary insight into the mission in Afghanistan and, crucially, the relationship between British troops and the Afghans they serve alongside. Above all, it's Beattie's personal story of being what he modestly calls 'an ordinary soldier' - someone who balances being a loving father and husband with that of fighting in the world's most hostile place. It demands to be read.

An Ordinary Soldier

The Charles William Gebhardt Story : 7th Infantry Division, 17th Infantry Regiment, "C" Company

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Author: Marvin L. Gebhardt

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1418401641

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 144

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The inspiring true story of Charles William Gebhardt will take you to the actual events of the 7th Infantry Division, 17th Infantry Regiment as they travel from the Aleutians to the Marshall Islands then on to the Philippines. This fascinating story of friendship, courage, bravery, and sacrifice will take you from Charles hardship as a child to the reality of war. Charles and his best friend Harold will touch your heart as they put you in another place, another time, as you read the letters they have written. As they take you along with the magnificent fighting 17th, 32nd, and 184th Regiments of the 7th Infantry Division known as the "Hourglass," you will remember the brave and courageous men who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. Feel the emotion of these two men who seen the Pacific War from the front seat of the greatest fighting force the world has ever seen. Once you read about the training and the battles of this Great Division, you will see that there is not An Ordinary Soldier.

The Civil War

As Recollected by an Ordinary Soldier

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Author: Seth N. Eastman

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781546879428

Category:

Page: 138

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A riveting, terrifying and ofttimes humorous account of one Vermont soldier's service in the Civil War, told in his own words.

No Surrender

The Story of an Ordinary Soldier's Extraordinary Courage in the Face of Evil

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Author: Christopher Edmonds,Douglas Century

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062905031

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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Part contemporary detective story, part World War II historical narrative, No Surrender is the inspiring true story of Roddie Edmonds, a Knoxville-born enlistee who risked his life during the final days of World War II to save others from murderous Nazis, and the lasting effects his actions had on thousands of lives—then and now. Captured in the Battle of the Bulge, Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds was the highest-ranking American soldier at Stalag IXA, a prisoner of war camp near Ziegenhain, Germany. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Roddie was a simple, soft-spoken man of deep inner strength and unwavering Christian faith. Though he was driven to the limits of endurance, Roddie refused to succumb to Nazi brutality toward the Jewish-American GIs with whom he was serving. Through his inspiring leadership and bravery Roddie saved the lives of hundreds of U.S. infantrymen in those perilous final days of the Second World War. His fearless actions continue to reverberate today. Growing up, Pastor Chris Edmonds knew little of his father’s actions in the war. To learn the truth, he followed a trail of clues, a journey that spanned seven decades and linked a sprawling cast of heroes, both known and unknown, from every corner of the country. In No Surrender, Pastor Chris, joined by New York Times bestselling co-author Douglas Century, chronicles his odyssey to tell the unforgettable story of his father and his remarkable valor. He also provides startling details (and vantage points) of some of the major events of World War II and United States Army initiatives that helped the Allies win the war, including the Battle of the Bulge, the massacre at Malmedy, and the now-little-known Army Specialized Training Program which prepared brilliant young “soldier-scholars”—or “Quiz Kids”—from across the nation to battle the Nazis. As compelling as the number-one New York Times bestsellers Unbroken, Boys on the Boat, Band of Brothers, and Schindler’s List, illustrated with photographs and historical documents throughout, No Surrender is an epic story of bravery, compassion, and faith, and an inspiring testament to man’s goodness. It is also a clarion call for our narcissistic age—a shining example of the transformative and redemptive power of moral courage.

Unhappy Soldier

Hino Ashihei and Japanese World War II Literature

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Author: David M. Rosenfeld

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739103654

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 180

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This work chronicles the writings of Hino Ashihei, who rose to celebrity status during the Pacific War for his accounts of campaigns in China and Southeast Asia. The study shows how writing about the war was read during and after the conflict.

From Boston to Berlin

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Author: Roland Regan,Christopher Mauriello

Publisher: Purdue University Press

ISBN: 1557539774

Category: History

Page: 98

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When Roland Regan and Frederick Mauriello went off to fight the Germans in World War II, they packed cameras and notepaper. And they documented their experiences, Roland with photos, Frederick with letters to his family. Roland's photos, developed after the war, never went through Army censorship and show an honest firsthand view of the war from the eyes of an enlisted man. Frederick's letters show a young man's devotion to his family, his good-will, and his growing distrust of military authority. As a whole, this collection is a testimony to the courage, faith, and loyalty of all the men who served during World War II. These priceless documents, presented by their sons in this book, offer readers an intimate glimpse at a unique aspect of the American experience.

Quest

An Autobiography

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Author: Leopold Infeld

Publisher: American Mathematical Soc.

ISBN: 9780821840733

Category: Science

Page: 361

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Leopold Infeld was one of the nine eminent scientists who, together with Albert Einstein, signed Bertrand Russell's famous letter warning that in this nuclear age, only a ban on war itself could save this planet (July, 1955). Infeld was born in the Jewish ghetto of Cracow, Poland in 1898, and this autobiography contains a vivid description of this long-since-vanished world. He was assistant to and then a scientific collaborator with Albert Einstein at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ (1936-1938), and this collaboration continued for twelve years while Infeld was at the University of Toronto. In 1938 he wrote a book together with Albert Einstein that became a number one bestseller, The Evolution of Physics. Infeld was lecturer and then Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Toronto from 1938--1950. From 1945-1950 he gave many lectures all over Canada on the elementary physics of the atom bomb, warning that Russia would soon have the bomb and urging that the short period of U.S. monopoly be used constructively, for peace. In 1950 he left Canada to become Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Warsaw as well as the founding director of the Institute of Theoretical Physics at that university, where he remained until 1967, the year before he died.