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including the intense training of the members of the platoon under an Officer in US who came to be hated by them because of his rigour
on 21 August 2017
I'm finding this fascinating reading, despite the fact that I have seen the TV series (which, incidentally, is faithful to and brings out the spirit of the book). The book adds detail and commentary on the exploits of one US platoon in the fight to recapture the European mainland after the D-Day landing, including the intense training of the members of the platoon under an Officer in US who came to be hated by them because of his rigour, but whose determination to turn raw recruits into a fighting machine was significantly responsible for their ability to fight the war in overwhelmingly difficult circumstances because of their felt brotherhood. Thoroughly recommended. It will be helpful to read another book which gives a wider account of the campaign before reading this closely-focused and personally-based book.