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eBook The Boys' Crusade: The American Infantry in Northwestern Europe, 1944-1945 (Modern Library Chronicles) ePub

by Paul Fussell

  • ISBN: 0679640886
  • Category: Military
  • Subcategory: History
  • Author: Paul Fussell
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Modern Library; First Edition edition (September 9, 2003)
  • Pages: 208
  • ePub book: 1441 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1787 kb
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  • Rating: 4.6
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The Boys' Crusade book. Paul Fussell was a WWII veteran.

The Boys' Crusade book. He served as an infantry officer with the 103rd Infantry Division in France and Germany.

A chronicle should deal with nothing but the truth, Fussell writes in his Preface.

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National Book Award Winner Paul Fussell tells the breathtaking story of WWII from the young soldiers’ points of view. WWII was not the glorified picture it is often depicted to be. For the American soldier it was a tiring, emotional, and gruesome experience. Fussell’s extensive details and insight help to make this story come alive. People Who Liked The Boys' Crusade: The American Infantry in Northwestern Europe, 1944-1945 Also Liked These Free Titles

The Boys’ Crusade is the great historian Paul Fussell’s unflinching and unforgettable account of the American infantryman’s experiences in Europe during World War II. Based in part on the author’s own experiences, it provides a stirring narrative of what the war was actually like, from the point of view of the children—for children they were—who fought it. While dealing definitively with issues of strategy, leadership, context, and tactics, Fussell has an additional purpose: to tear away the veil of feel-good mythology that so often obscures and sanitizes war’s brutal essence. “A chronicle should deal with nothing but the truth,” Fussell writes in his Preface. Accord-ingly, he eschews every kind of sentimentalism, focusing instead on the raw action and human emotion triggered by the intimacy, horror, and intense sorrows of war, and honestly addressing the errors, waste, fear, misery, and resentments that plagued both sides. In the vast literature on World War II, The Boys’ Crusade stands wholly apart. Fussell’s profoundly honest portrayal of these boy soldiers underscores their bravery even as it deepens our awareness of their experiences. This book is both a tribute to their noble service and a valuable lesson for future generations.


Perdana Perdana
This is a particularly interesting and very brief account of the history of the war in Europe from the time of the Normandy invasion to the fall of Berlin. It comes from a first person perspective but provides very little information about the personal actions of the author.

It is a fine read and convers details that many people many not have considered in their historical studies. Among those are the youthfulness of the replacements sent to Europe, the average educational level of soldiers and the youthful nature of replacements.

The book contains some dark moments were matters such as the surrender of the 106 Infantry Division to the Germans, the bombing of our own troops in Operation Cobra, and many more similarly dark moments.

It may have been the authors point to shine a light on the grim reality of history rather than the glossy side of victory.

In short, this is a fine book. It was not exactly what I was seeking. However, it lead to much more reading in other areas. If you enjoyed a book I would recommend reading, “Six Armies in Normandy: From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris’ June 6-Aug. 5, 1944,” by John Keegan or “The Longest Day,” by Cornelius Ryan.
Rasmus Rasmus
Paul Fussell, who gets to speak because he led an infantry platoon across France and Germany, tells of the incredible screwups and terrible decisions made by American commanders in World War II and the reality of the "men" (they were mostly aged 17) who fought in the front lines. He explodes the myth of the serenely competent planning, the love and admiration of the front line soldier for his commanding officers and yet, he does not forget the inherent nobility and courage of these generally young men who took down one of the great evils of the 20th Century.

However, if you think that the glorification of the WW2 military (and the scorn heaped on their Vietnam War equivalents) is a bit overstated, this is the book to read. It's always refreshing to read the reality behind the Hollywood portrayal of things--there were 2,000 American deserters in Paris and they ran the black market, the front-line soldiers were a very small percentage of the military and they basically hated anyone but another veteran front-line soldier, the failure of the "repple-depple" (replacement depot) system where new men were slotted into fighting units on an individual instead of a squad basis and how they were essentially ignored by the combat veterans who knew they wouldn't live long enough, in most cases, to even remember their names.

Fussell was there and came home to spend the rest of his life researching and writing about these soldiers (his work on the ubiquitous use of the f-word is priceless.)

He deserves to be heard.
Yozshugore Yozshugore
Paul Fussell writes with some authority. He served in Northwestern Europe as a lieutenant during the last year of the war.

The Boys' Crusade complements and, occasionally, reinforces Stephen Ambrose's more admiring account in Citizen Soldiers: The U. S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany. Where Ambrose admits to being in awe of the men who fought in France and Germany, Fussell seeks to demythify the whole endeavor, especially its use as a model of how the United States should conduct a war.

Fussell focuses on the friendly fire casualties, the missed opportunities, the calamitous attacks, and the humiliating retreats. His Citizen Soldiers are often poorly trained, poorly equipped, and poorly led, especially by the general officers. Allied air superiority, when the weather was clear, and the Germans' lack of gasoline more than compensated for these flaws and made the outcome seem inevitable. Of course, the Red Army had to defeat the Wehrmacht when it was at its strongest, and their sacrifice in blood dwarfed that of the Western Allies.

Potential readers may prefer to gain some context from Keegan's The Second World War, a one-volume history of the war . Those already familiar with the campaign will find Fussell's book absolutely essential.
Phenade Phenade
I believe this title is derived from Dwight Eisenhower's memoirs of WWII entitled -Crusade in Europe-. Instead of the larger picture of the grand strategies in The West, Fussell focuses on the daily struggles of the young men who filled the ranks of The US Army - our own GI's-. After reading this I can't help but appreciate what those boys accomplished. And boys they were, many in their teens.

It is truly disturbing to read about mistakes made by higher echelons that caused so much needless suffering and death among our troops. Friendly fire and impossible objectives (think of Courtney Hodges and The Huertgen Forest debacle) compounded the almost unbearable burdens carried by so many youths, many of whom had never ventured far from rural homes. I love this quote by General Eisenhower:

"The actual fact is that not one man in twenty in the government…realizes what a grisly, tough dirty business we are in."

Paul Fussell did serve in France at this crucible of history, he does realize how horrific the 'business' was and this book is a brilliant and very accessible narrative that can help us all understand. Oh,and I've read it twice!
Kajishakar Kajishakar
I have given thisbook to several people especially my 4 children. Their father was in the Hurtgen Foresr, and the Battle of the Bulge. My dear husband died in March 2011. He never read this book, but I know if he were alive today, he would say that was a true account of what these boys accomplished through horrible conditions. After he wrote his memoirs, he told me a few years later that while in the forest, they felt they might lose the war. He gave his all, but attributed his actions to his fellow tank member of the 630th Tank Division. Donald Hight, whom he called the bravest soldier he ever knew. As painful as it was for me to read, Paul Fussell, described that part of the war so accurately. Along with myself, two people outside of the family, could not put it down.