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Once Upon a Time in War: The 99th Division in World War II (Campaigns and Commanders #18)

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For the soldier on the front lines of World War II, a lifetime of terror and suffering could be crammed into a few horrific hours of combat. This was especially true for members of the 99th Infantry Division who repelled the Germans in the Battle of the Bulge and engaged in some of the most dramatic, hard-fought actions of the war.

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Hardcover, 376 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by University of Oklahoma Press
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KOMET
About a month ago, I purchased this book from a local bookstore. Here is a story which serves as a perfect combination of a history of one of the U.S. Army's infantry divisions that was sent to Europe in late 1944 after the conclusion of the Normandy campaign, and combat memoir.

The author, a university professor, interviewed many of the surviving veterans of the 99th, whose stories capture so much of the impact the war had upon them directly, as well as its effects (albeit tangentially) on Amer
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A.L. Sowards
Jul 10, 2015 A.L. Sowards rated it it was amazing
This book covers the 99th Infantry Division through training, shipment overseas, and their campaigns as part of the Battle of the Bulge, crossing the Rhine, and closing the Ruhr pocket. It then covers their role as part of the occupation force and their return to the US. In addition to campaign narrative, the book includes chapters on POWs and everyday life for a front-line soldier.

The 99th was made up of long-time army sergeants, recent draftees, and former ASTPers. (ASTP=Army Special Training
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Carol
Jan 16, 2010 Carol is currently reading it
This book is about the U.S. Army 99th division, which my father was in during World War II. Since Dad rarely talked about any of his war experiences, I am learning a lot about what he went through while overseas by reading this book. It was written based on interviews of hundreds of WWII vets, including Dad, by a journalism professor in California, Dr. Robert Humphrey. He tells about the war according to the infantrymen on the ground, rather than the generals and historians, and gives their pers ...more
Irene Adler
Dec 26, 2013 Irene Adler rated it it was amazing
This is a very accurate portrayal of what these guys went thourgh,not the strategy and tactic of the brass but the guys who were the ones in the mud and gore. My father was in the 99th and I went to many an army reunion for M Company my dad's outfit. As my dad used to say these guys are more like brothers to me than my own brothers. But for all the reunions and talk that went on I learned more about what they actually went through in the fist 20 pages than what my father ever told me. Thank you ...more
Doug Gordon
Jan 09, 2014 Doug Gordon rated it it was amazing
Echoing what other reviewers have said, I read this book mainly because my father was in the 99th and never said much about his experiences other than some sanitized "adventure" stories when we were kids. I'm still not sure exactly what he did over there, but this book certainly lets me in on what he went through and what he saw. It's no wonder he never talked about it!
Michael
Nov 04, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing
A brutally honest & graphic depiction of men in training and in war. It is so obvious after reading this why so many veterans would not talk of their time in service. It's real. My wife's father was in this unit. He was a wonderful father and husband despite his experience.
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Nov 14, 2014 Lauren rated it really liked it
This book gave an excellent account of the 99th, and helped me understand the experiences my grandfather had but never talked about from his time in the 394th infantry, Co. C.
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