The Margraten Boys: How a European Village Kept America's Liberators Alive

Paperback | February 23, 2012

byP. Schrijvers

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In the peaceful Dutch village of Margraten, a stone's throw from what once was Nazi Germany, ten thousand young American men are forever resting side by side amid rich pastures and lush orchards.

They fought and died in the most epic battles of World War II in Europe: Operation Market Garden, the Siegfried Line campaign, the Hürtgen Forest, the Battle of the Bulge, the Rhine and Roer River crossings, and the air offensive over Germany.

In 1945 the liberated villagers vowed never to forget the sacrifices of the Margraten boys. This is the moving story of how, in a unique way, these grateful villagers have kept their word to the GIs and their families in America by caring for the graves of the soldiers up until the present day.

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In the peaceful Dutch village of Margraten, a stone's throw from what once was Nazi Germany, ten thousand young American men are forever resting side by side amid rich pastures and lush orchards.They fought and died in the most epic battles of World War II in Europe: Operation Market Garden, the Siegfried Line campaign, the Hürtgen For...

PETER SCHRIJVERS is Senior Lecturer in United States history at The University of New South Wales in Sydney and the author of four books on the United States in World War II, including The Crash of Ruin,The Unknown Dead and Liberators.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:February 23, 2012Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230346642

ISBN - 13:9780230346642

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
A Debt of Honor
A Web of Intimate Relations
Saying Goodbye
The War Turns Cold
A Long and Dark Shadow
The End of History
A Global Village
The Return of History
Of Paramount Importance
The Audacity of Hope
Postscript