Peering into the mind of a WWII Soldier…

Rick Atkinson Books““…they believed in one another. Camaraderie offered a bulwark against what Scannell called “this drab khaki world” with its boredom, cold, exhaustion, squalor,  lack of privacy, monotony, ugliness and a constant teasing anxiety about the future.” Like those at Kasserine and Casino ─ or for that matter, at Gettysburg and the Meuse-Argonne ─ they would risk all to be considered worthy of their comrades. A Japanese-American soldier who had fought in Italy and would fight again in France told his brother, “I have been greatly affected by the forces of love, hate, prejudice, death, life, destruction, reconstruction, treachery, bravery, comradeship, kindness, and by the unseen powers of God.” Here indeed was the stuff of the soul.” ─ The Guns at Last Light, The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945, Copyright © 2013 by Rick Atkinson, Page 21.

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Retired military officer; retired Air Force civil servant; retired executive, DS Information Systems Corporation; writer; researcher; reader and avid yachtsman.
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