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The Fighting First: The Untold Story of the Big Red One on D-Day

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From acclaimed military historian Flint Whitlock, the untold story of the Big Red One, the heroic and infamous 1st Infantry Division, from its assault on Nazi forces at Omaha Beach, to the Battle of the Bulge
ebook, 401 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by Not Avail (first published 2004)
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Kenneth Barber
Jul 22, 2016 Kenneth Barber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book follows the First Infantry Division, the Big Red One, from its landing on Omaha Beach to the fall of Germany. The First had already been involved in the landings in North Africa and Sicily and seen extensive fighting. It had hoped to be rotated home but instead was sent to England in preparation for the invasion of France. Eisenhower had wanted the division as he had commanded them in the African and Sicily campaigns. The First drew the assignment of landing on Omaha Beach, which prove ...more
Marc
Feb 19, 2016 Marc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division, aka "The Big Red One", fought in some of the toughest European battles of World War II. This book claims to be about the 1st during the D-Day invasion at Normandy, but that only takes up about half the book. The first third of the book recounts some of the 1st's action in North Africa and Sicily and the narrative bounces back and forth between the 1st and the big picture of the pending invasion of France. Personally, I think this part of the book could have ...more
Martin
Jan 14, 2015 Martin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Starts out as breathless as most American histories... then settles down to good oral history. Enjoyable but not necessary.
Carl Bailey
Feb 04, 2014 Carl Bailey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent.
Steve
Jul 04, 2012 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book on the legendary First Infantry Division-The Big Red One. They fought in the battlefields of North Africa and Sicily and was later on chosen to fight in the Normandy invasion known as D-Day. This also tells how they not only fought in the Normandy invasion in France but fought its way through the cold battlefields of the Ardennes, Known as the Battle of the Bulge into Germany suffering many casualties.
ThomasAD
Jan 22, 2012 ThomasAD rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truly great. Despite the complex scenario, the author follows the hardships on Omaha beach logically in a manner that is easy to follow. The best part of the book were Whitlock's descriptions of Medal of Honor recipient actions. Great read, if you enjoy books on WWII you should find a copy of this.
Patricrk patrick
Three beach assaults including Omaha beach. Hurtgen forest and the bulge. The Big Red One was involved in some of the hardest fighting of the war. A good story with some personal accounts.
Andrew
Apr 11, 2013 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read if you like WWII history.
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As an art major, Flint Whitlock graduated from the University of Illinois in 1964 with a degree in Advertising Design, but has always been as much a writer as an artist. His love for military history began at an early age—fueled by his father, James, who served with the famed 10th Mountain Division in World War II. Flint also had an uncle who was a military policeman with the 1st Infantry Division ...more
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