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Another River, Another Town: A Teenage Tank Gunner Comes of Age in Combat--1945

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Many narrative accounts of men in combat during World War II have conveyed the horrors and emotions of warfare. However, not many reveal in such an intimate way the struggle of innocent youth to adapt to the primitive code of “kill or be killed,” to transform from lads into combat soldiers.

Another River, Another Town is the story of John P. Irwin, a teenage tank gunner who
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 13th 2003 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published May 7th 2002)
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Growing Up in Combat …

With so many personal accounts of World War II being published, it’s hard to pick and choose which one to read; so, I try to read any that I come across. While I find most all of these books good, some stand out more than others … ANOTHER RIVER, ANOTHER TOWN is one that stands out.

John Irwin admitted he was nothing more than a naïve, self-absorbed teenager upon entering the army … in other words, a typical American kid. After proving he was best-qualified to be a tank-gunne
I think it was a good book to read if you like wartime novels. Another River, Another town was about a young man who joins the army and it isn't as he expected. Throughout more and more battles during the book he struggles with constant thoughts about what is next, or when will I die? The main character in the book is a teenage tank gunner whose dream is to be a hero and his dream is shattered by the reality of war. He realizes his life completely changes. I would strongly recommend this book if ...more
Stephen J.
I enjoyed this first-hand account of a tank gunner in the U.S. 3rd Armored Division. The book is written in a very accessible style. It is very much a soldier's point of view, with little strategic or tactical information on the battles or fronts on which the author, John Irwin, was involved.
The writer does not expose the reader to much in the way of a first person description of the horrors of war. While they are mentioned, it is often more in passing than described in a first person perspecti
I've read quite a bit of WW2 history and memoirs and was somewhat disappointed in this one. I feel like he left out so much that could have added to his account in this short book. Is that all the publisher would do, or was that solely the author's choice? For example, he didn't recount at all his experience of going through Army basic training. As a kid of 17 or 18, that would seem to be a major transition, going from being in high school to the army, especially when you know you're training fo ...more
super need halvsies. 3.5 stars really.
Good, quick read yet still insightful without being whiny, overbearing or gory.
This is my first war bio/memoir so I have nothing to compare it to, now I need to read war bio/memoirs from troops from other countries, I'd like to compare their stories and versions.
If you saw the movie "Fury" then read this. A straightforward account of WWII tank warfare.
Jun 02, 2009 Gavin rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Quick read. He's a former Philosophy professor who wrote up his experience of war as a Sherman gunner. He was a replacement in the 3rd Armored division, joining the unit around the Rhine river. It's written in simple English, definitely not in an academic way. Eh.
It reads like an honest straightforward account of the author's experience.
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