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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
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Published May 13th 2003 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published May 7th 2002)
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Sep 03, 2015 Matt rated it really liked it
Over the Summer, I read "Another River, Another Town," by John P. Irwin. It is an auto-biography about his military service in World War II. It's main characters include himself, Graver, Joe, and his other tanker crew mates. His exploration takes place in Germany during 1945. The story mainly consists of Irwin and his crew mates battling their way through Germany in armored combat, with a few bumps on the way. I thought it was a great book, but it lacked deep relationships between characters and ...more
Kyle Pefley
Oct 30, 2015 Kyle Pefley rated it really liked it
Another River, Another Town, by John P. Irwin, is a book about a teenage tank gunner in the end years of WW2. He, at 17 years old, learns to grow up real quick during his first experience with war. He went in wanting to be a hero, he left happy to be alive. He battled regular teenage problems like girls, while also fighting a war and just trying to stay alive. After many brushes with death, he learns how lucky he is to be alive. I would definitely recommend Another River, Another Town. First, it ...more
Dec 07, 2014 Dachokie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: world-war-ii
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
Aug 19, 2014 Jax rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 20, 2014 Brandon rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 01, 2012 Stephen J. rated it really liked it
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
May 26, 2012 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, world-war-2
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
Jun 07, 2016 Steve rated it liked it
Good quick read of an American teenager "coming of age" in the later months of World War II. I wanted to read it because I'd read that David Ayer, writer and director of the movie "Fury" had partially used it as inspiration.

The reader is spared some of the gorier details of tank combat, which isn't a terrible thing. The author walks the read through his time from enlistment to the end of the war. It's a good mix of action, suspense, intensity, boredom and even humor. Probably just what the war f
Dec 11, 2014 Bob rated it really liked it
If you saw the movie "Fury" then read this. A straightforward account of WWII tank warfare.
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Nov 17, 2015 Scott James rated it really liked it
If you like war books this is the book for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jun 02, 2009 Gavin rated it it was ok
Shelves: war
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.
Dec 10, 2014 Dariosk rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hidden-gems
It reads like an honest straightforward account of the author's experience.
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