Up Close and Personal: the Reality of Close-Quarter Fighting in World War II

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Up Close and Personal: the Reality of Close-Quarter Fighting in World War II

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Publisher: Greenhill Books

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ISBN - 10: 1853676683

ISBN - 13: 9781853676680

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Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Your purchase also supports literacy charities.

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In this compelling new book, David Lee brings together the remarakble stories of soldiers involved in close quarter fighting during WWII. These gripping first person accounts take the reader directly to the heart of the battle and bring home the brutal reality of war, plain and simply, with no heightened colour or exaggerated emotion. Together they provide a unique record of combat during WWII and bear testament to the indomitable spirit of the men who faught there.

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Up Close and Personal: the Reality of Close-Quarter Fighting in World War II

Up Close and Personal: the Reality of Close-Quarter Fighting in World War II

by David Lee

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Publisher: Greenhill Books

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Slight shelfwear and marking to jacket. Content in very good condition.

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Up Close and Personal: the Reality of Close-Quarter Fighting in World War II

Up Close and Personal: the Reality of Close-Quarter Fighting in World War II

by David Lee

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Publisher: Greenhill Books

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8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall 1853676683 This gripping book is about what it was really like to fight at the sharp end in World War II. In 1947, US General S. L. A Marshall controversially wrote that out of every one hundred combat soldiers only fifteen to twenty-five actually fired their weapons at the enemy, because of the innate human reluctance to take another's life. Others maintained the opposite view that soldiers enjoyed killing. David Lee demonstrates that the situation was far more complex than either of these positions, arguing that the crucial factor for a unit s success in battle was the type of training it received. To illustrate this Lee covers actions from each theatre of the war, in depth and with comprehensive coverage of weapons and tactics. First there is the story of what happened when a battalion of British soldiers trained in the traditional manner came up against the Waffen SS, whose training was formidable and bore close resemblance to the Commandos. The success of No. 4 Commando at Dieppe is covered to show how this was put into effect. For the desert war there is a detailed look at how a rifle battalion held the snipe position against overwhelming odds, and how that same battalion was virtually wiped out when it later went to Italy. For the Far East, Lee explains how hatred of the Japanese Army gave impetus to British soldiers fighting at Kohima and American soldiers at Iwo Jima. And finally there is the story of one US infantry regiment on D-Day.

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