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The Men of Company K: The Autobiography of a World War II Rifle Company

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  35 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published January 1st 1985 by William Morrow & Company
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Kurtbg
Aug 16, 2010 Kurtbg rated it liked it
This book is a history of a WWII rifle company written by members of the company. This book predates many of the more recent WWII books such as the ones Stephen E. Ambrose wrote (citizen soldier, band of brothers, etc.)

This accounting is less sanitized and more forward having been written by those who were in the s**t. Reading helped better understand what the soldiers faced and how they thought about what they did when they did it and what they felt afterwards.


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Susan
Jun 27, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
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Very well-put together account of one rifle company's experiences in WWII Europe. These words are reflections of men who served while very young - 18 to 20 years mostly - who had to and did mature very rapidly in the circumstances of war. I had to laugh sometimes, at the ineptitude of the rear echelon, officers who weren't on the front lines and their unrealistic expectations of the exhausted men. They couldn't even warm up at times because their coffee was frozen.

One of the mens' reflections h
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Robin Thomas
Oct 04, 2012 Robin Thomas rated it liked it
Actually 3.5 stars. World War II story that follows the men of Company K Rifle Company. I always wonder how people at war manage to cope with their situation. During winter it was so cold that their weapons froze, yet they were ordered into battle. After someone demonstrated that the weapons were frozen, the order was postponed. Inadequate clothing, trench foot, exhaustion, eating K & C rations for weeks on end. Officers rarely came near the front lines. One that did complained that the men ...more
David Glenn Dixon
Read the parts about Ed Stewart (always "The Colonel" to me). And the guy who lent his name to Gertrude Stein's "Brewsie and Willie," Franklin Brewer.

Skimmed a bit of the rest. Could tell I'd forget a lot of it.
Mike
Nov 16, 2007 Mike rated it really liked it
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Liked it primarily because I lived near Geilenkirchen and was able to walk the battlefields.
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