Monday, June 20, 2011

War Journals (Part II)

1.  Guadalcanal Diary, Richard Tregaskis (1943).   War correspondent Tregaskis was the original embedded journalist who wrote this classic WWII account of the Marines fighting in the South Pacific.  Written in a series of journal entries.  Black and white photos.  Bought used, no recollection where.

Guadalcanal Diary 

2.  Invasion Diary, Richard Tregaskis (1944).  Tregaskis's follow up to Guadalcanal Diary, Invasion Diary follows the American landings in Italy in 1943.  Black and white photos.  Judging by the map in the book, I may have bought at a used book store on Beaver Island, Michigan.  Once owned by gentleman who lived on Harvard Street, Norfolk, VA.  

Invasion Diary 

3.  The Forgotten Soldier: The Classic WWII Autobiography, Guy Sajer (1990). Told  from the perspective of a German soldiers on the Russian front.  Bought from the Department of State used book store.

The Forgotten Soldier: The Classic WWII Autobiography (Brassey's Commemorative Series WWII) 

4.  Soldat: Reflections of German Soldier 1936-1949, Siegfried Knappe & Ted Brusaw (1992).  Officer in the German Wehrmacht.  He served in several key battles on the Russian front, saw Hitler in his Bunker during the Battle of Berlin and was captured and taken prisoner by the Russians until his release.  Bought used somewhere.

Soldat: Reflections of a German Soldier, 1936-1949 

5.  '44 In Combat From Normandy to the Ardennes, Charles Witing (1984).   War historian Whiting tells the stories of the American infantry using journals of ordinary soldiers.  Black and white photos.  Another used book that I can recall where bought. 

'44 in Combat from Normandy to the Ardennes 

6.  We Were Soldiers Once...and Young, Lt. Gen Harold G. Moore (Ret.) and Joseph L. Galloway (1992).    Once of the best eye-witness accounts of the Vietnam war.   Story of intense battle of Ia Drang.  Later turned into movie, We Were Soldiers.  Bought new.

We Were Soldiers Once...and Young: Ia Drang--The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam 

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