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A Significant Collection of Ground Level Retrospectives,
By A Customer
This review is from: Death Traps: The Survival of an American Armored Division in World War II (Hardcover)
Belton Cooper's story embodies the "GI Joe" Perspective. His candor, though somewhat biased at times, is to be admired. Mr. Cooper advises the reader that his recollections and opinions are basically his own. Mr. Cooper provides a number of insightful and heroic tales equal in breadth to Martin Middlebrook's "Arnhem 1944" The near tragic counter battery incident and massacre of American bombers were two of the best ground level stories available to the general public in recent years. The book is quite a valuable reference tool for the serious military historian. The only significant criticism is directed towards the editing. The publisher should have assisted Mr. Cooper (who is admirably a first time writer) perhaps in better organizing tactical reference maps and explaining army corp level operations. The publisher, like many others in the past, egregiously misidentifies photographs. For example, General Maurice Rose was not killed in action on March 30, 1944. Third Armor wasn't even on the continent at the time.