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Amazing ride (and a sad one, by the way....)
on 6 July 2015
This book by Audie Murphy (and ghost written by David McClure) was published in 1949.
It is one of the best first person World War II narratives I've ever read. Heck, only now I know from where Sven Hassel took a lot of his narratives ideas, the idea of getting soldiers talking histories and anecdotes, including some really funny quotes, instead of filling page fter page with gory battle scenes.
But the battle scenes here, when Murphy narrates them, are indeed violent, bloody, cruel. The writer gives some perspective of on which offensive the skirmish is included, but there is not mention of grand strategy all around, not names of division generals, Army generals, battalion commanders, nothing like that. The only superior officer whose name is mentioned is company commander Captain Hogan.
Also interesting is the fact that Murphy does not mention one single decoration he ever received. Talk about humility (this is in unison with his desire to be buried in a common graveyard in Arlington).
The books focus solely in Murphy's war exploit (with only a brief mention of his very harsh upbringing), and, of course, nothing about his acting career or the personal demons he faced after the war (after all, the book was published soon after the war - 1949).
All in all, I found this book to be a extremely good reading, albeit a sad one.