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Brave Men

By Pyle, Ernie

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Book Id: WPLBN0100002599
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Reproduction Date: 7/11/1944

Title: Brave Men  
Author: Pyle, Ernie
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, World History and History of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, etc., World War II
Collections: War, Authors Community
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Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Member Page: Kora Iechad-Remoket


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“Brave Men is a collection of Pyle’s newspaper columns from 1943 and 1944, in which he details the fighting in Europe primarily from the perspective of the common U.S. G.I. This angle of reporting brought the front-line war back to the families of those serving in the armed forces and endeared Pyle to the troops. . .”—Kirkus Reviews.

Europe was in the throes of World War II, and when America joined the fighting, Ernie Pyle went along. Long before television beamed daily images of combat into our living rooms, Pyle’s on-the-spot reporting gave the American public a firsthand view of what war was like for the boys on the front. Pyle followed the soldiers into the trenches, battlefields, field hospitals, and beleaguered cities of Europe. What he witnessed he described with a clarity, sympathy, and grit that gave the public back home an immediate sense of the foot soldier’s experience. There were really two wars, John Steinbeck wrote in Time magazine: one of maps and logistics, campaigns, ballistics, divisions, and regiments and the other a "war of the homesick, weary, funny, violent, common men who wash their socks in their helmets, complain about the food, whistle at Arab girls, or any girls for that matter, and bring themselves through as dirty a business as the world has ever seen and do it with humor and dignity and courage—and that is Ernie Pyle’s war." This collection of Pyle’s columns detailing the fighting in Europe in 1943–44 brings that war—and the living, and dying, moments of history—home to us once again.

Table of Contents
Introduction Sicily - June-September, 1943 1. Invasion Prelude 2. The Armada Sails 3. D-Day: - Sicily 4. The Navy Stands 5. Medics and Casualties 6. The Engineers 7. Campaigning 8. Sicily Conquered Italy - December 1943-April, 1944 9. Artillerymen 10. Personalities and Asides 11. Mountain Fighting 12. Dive Bombers 13. The Fabulous Infantry 14. Light Bombers 15. LST Cruise 16. AnzioNettuno 17. Beachhead Fighters 18. Supply Line 19. Hospital Ship 20. Farewell to Italy England - April-May, 1944 21. This England 22. Brass Hats 23. The Flying Wedge 24. Stand France - June-September, 1944 25. The Whistle Blows 26. On the Road to Berlin 27. Vive La France 28. American AckAck 29. Street Fighting 30. Reconnoitering's 31. Ordnance 32. BreakThrough 33. Hedgerow Fighting 34. Paris 35. A Last Word Index of Persons and Places Copyright


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