Beyond the Beachhead: The 29th Division in Normandy by Joseph Balkoski

By Joseph Balkoski

"If you must comprehend what it used to be like, from inner most to basic, from rifle to tank, from commencing to finish, this can be the e-book for you." --Charles M. Schultz

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You have meant everything to me that is good and happy. Since tomorrow is D-Day (and we weigh anchor tonight), I won't be able to write for a few days. May God help us in our mission. I hope to return to you all. God bless you Fernie, you Tom, and you Walter Ford. I also wrote Beyond the Beachhead to correct some of the common misconceptions about the American army that have been perpetuated in recent years. S. Army in World War II as a homogeneous force of nearly identical and interchangeable units manned by a vast melting pot of faceless conscripts.

When the company CO angrily demanded to know how the men had managed to smuggle two guitars, an accordian, a ukulele, and mouth organs on board, the men apologized profusely and blamed a packing mistake. The music, with the CO's approval, went on. Here was a good chance to sample navy life, and the 29ers, for the most part, were favorably impressed. 's were amazed to discover that the navy was serving white bread, chicken, ice cream, steak, and limitless hot coffee. "Some of us thought this to be the last meals for the condemned," noted 1st Lt.

At that moment, the Page 14 Stonewallers knew that the beach would be hell. The Germans seemed to be taunting the Yanks, zeroing their machine guns on the boats as if they were test-firing on a range. Their deadly work would begin in earnest when the men of Company A disembarked and raced across the wide tidal flat. The last fifteen seconds in the boats were the worst fifteen seconds of the men's lives. Only thirty more yards to the beach. Three-and-a-half years of training had come to this. The men pondered glumly the irony of practicing for the invasion for so long only to be killed during their first seconds on Omaha Beach.

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