Citizen Soldiers: The US Army from the Normandy Beaches to

Citizen Soldiers: The US Army from the Normandy Beaches to From Stephen E Ambrose, bestselling author of Band of Brothers and D Day, the inspiring story of the ordinary men of the US army in northwest Europe from the day after D Day until the end of the bitterest days of World War IIIn this riveting account, historian Stephen E Ambrose continues where he left off in hisbestseller D Day Citizen Soldiers opens athours, June on the Normandy beaches, and ends athours, May with the allied victory It is biography of the US Army in the European Theater of Operations, and Ambrose again follows the individual characters of this noble, brutal, and tragic war From the high command down to the ordinary soldier, Ambrose draws on hundreds of interviews to re create the war experience with startling clarity and immediacy From the hedgerows of Normandy to the overrunning of Germany, Ambrose tells the real story of World War II from the perspective of the men and women who fought it


10 thoughts on “Citizen Soldiers: The US Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany

  1. Jim Jim says:

    only in the extremity of total war does a society give so much responsibility for life and death decision making to men so young I have read other books by Stephen E Ambrose Among them Band of Brothers E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler s Eagle s Nest and D Day June 6, 1944 The Climac


  2. A.L. Sowards A.L. Sowards says:

    I ve been thinking a lot about story structure lately How many wonderful stories books or movies have a structure something like this Hero reluctantly gets involved in a struggle Hero faces setbacks, makes mistakes, takes a few steps forward and then a few steps back Hero learns, grows, and changes on way to achieving go


  3. Eric_W Eric_W says:

    Ambrose, an incredibly prolific and readable historian, focuses in this book on the soldiers who made up the ETO European Theater of Operations It s at first somewhat difficult to categorize His analysis of the men who made up the army could almost be called cheer leading of the most nauseating kind But after he settles in, t


  4. David Bird David Bird says:

    When people know you like history, especially military history, you are probably doomed to get Ambrose books And so I did, and dutifully read it The fault of Ambrose is not bad prose he can write a passable sentence , but in his perspective I forget the exact line, but the effect is definitely that of There is much that is good, a


  5. Ensiform Ensiform says:

    A history of the U.S Army in World war II, specifically the European Theater, from D Day to VE Day Very readable, with lots of awe inspiring anecdotal reminisces from both American and German infantry and pilots it s also clear and informative on the types and abilities of weaponry both sides utilized.Ambrose is, of course, a patriot,


  6. Rick Davis Rick Davis says:

    A well written account of US soldiers in WWII in Europe between D Day and the end of the war Based on first hand experiences relayed by soldiers Gut wrenching.


  7. Jimmie Aaron Kepler Jimmie Aaron Kepler says:

    I read Citizen Soldiers by Stephen E Ambrose in the late 1990 s shortly after reading Band of Brothers and D Day, both also by Ambrose I reread this book in 2005 I listened to the audio book version in 2006 The book describes how these citizen soldiers came to be soldiers, and what they did once they were There is some overlap with his other tit


  8. Dwain Dwain says:

    I gave this book four stars because it is one of the best histories of World War II I have ever read despite occasional episodes of fierce language There wasn t a lot of bad language but it was intense when it was present Ambrose brings richness, life, and new perspectives to a subject that has been written to exhaustion He relates all of the expecte


  9. Matt Hartzell Matt Hartzell says:

    This was my second Ambrose read after Band of Brothers, and it was exceptional In Citizen Soldiers, Ambrose primarily uses the first hand accounts of a select number of American infantry and non commissioned officers as a cross section of the US Army that liberated Nazi Europe The accounts given by the men Ambrose interviewed are moving, humorous, heart w


  10. John John says:

    I m on a little world war II kick right now and I realized that this book would basically tell me what my grandfather and Kate s grandfather were doing in 1944 Turns out, things were not that fun for them Although, thank god my grandfather was in the anti aircraft part of the army, because if he had been in the front line infantry, according to this book, chan


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