Against All Odds: A True Story of Ultimate Courage and Survival in World War II
At a time when the last of the fighting men from the Greatest Generation are dying out, Kershaw gives us one more reason to remember their sacrifices. This book follows the Marne Men of the U.S. Army’s 3rd Division, 15th Infantry Regiment, the dogface soldiers. These men boast forty Congressional Medal of Honor recipients over the course of the war, more than any other division. Among them, a handful of the most decorated soldiers in history stand out–Audie Murphy, Maurice Britt, Michael Daly, and Keith Ware who rose from buck private to Major General.
In this book, Kershaw follows the Marne Men through their training under Lucian Truscott, their North Africa campaign, through Sicily and the bloody mountain ridges of Italy, and to the beaches of Omaha, Normandy, and across France in the race to the heart of Germany.
Kershaw uses the familiarity of these Congressional Medal of Honor recipients as touchstones to swing the narrative from action to action, then again in post-war from social dysfunction to broken marriages. He follows them into post-traumatic stress nightmares, unemployment, and alcoholism and drug addictions. He reveals facets of their notoriety in light of the pressures associated with guarding a hero image and their loyalties to the fallen soldiers.
|Page Count||368 pages|
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