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Taught to Kill: An American Boy's War from the Ardennes to Berlin

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  39 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
By mid-1944, the U.S. Army was facing a critical shortage of the most important commodity in any war, the common foot soldier. Higher-than-expected casualties during the liberation of France had forced the Army to comb its ranks for replacement infantrymen. Plucked in 1944 from the safety and privilege of the Army Specialized Training Program (the World War II version of t ...more
Paperback, 249 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Potomac Books (first published May 1st 2005)
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Ray Pierson
May 13, 2009 Ray Pierson rated it really liked it
The military loves spit and polish. The theory seems to be that the sharper looking the soldier, the better the soldier. (George C. Scott said something to this effect in the movie "Patton".) It was interesting to read that a soldier highly regarded by Babcock in the States fell apart under enemy fire.

Babcock's adventures and misadventures are interesting and educational. He was doing a serious job, but he was able to laugh at himself. I respected that. Having grown up in the Great Depression, l
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May 19, 2009 Sue rated it really liked it
Another first-hand account from the eyes of a "replacement" in the closing year of the war.
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Jul 29, 2011 Dachokie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A Truly Unique Combat Narrative ..., October 11, 2010

John Babcock's memoir of combat in Europe is unlike most of its kind in that it delves much deeper than a simple recanting of events. The average World War II memoir tends to echo familiar events made personal only by specifically naming individuals. For the most part, the collective accounts tend to be repetitious and somewhat tempered in that most of them refrain from describing vivid details of the carnage, as well as cleaning up the langua
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One of the better personal accounts I've read, great insight into the mindset of the American soldier. Also a very honest assessment of the quality of troops we were sending to fight in Europe later in the war.
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This is no "glory in war" story. Brutal and honest.
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