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Omaha Beach and Beyond: The Long March of Sergeant Bob Slaughter

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“Slaughter vividly conveys the reality of combat during World War II in his book with sweeping passages that literally place his reader on the battlefield beside him.”
Belvoir Eagle

Before D-Day, regular army soldiers called the National Guardsmen of Virginias 116th Infantry Regiment "Home Nannies," "Weekend Warriors," and worse. On June 6, 1944, on Omaha Beach, however, th
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 15th 2007 by Zenith Press
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A.L. Sowards
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy war memoirs. This one was written and edited well, so naturally I liked it.

Slaughter joined the National Guard at age 15. When it was federalized for a year, he thought it would be a good chance to get three square meals a day and a little spending money. He didn't expect to go to war. But Pearl Harbor changed a lot of things.

This book covers his training in the states and in England, then his time in combat. Slaughter landed on Omaha beach on D-Day. He fought in the Norman hedgerows,
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Dachokie
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: world-war-ii
Omaha Beach through the Eyes of Teenage Boy ..., August 8, 2011

Of the scores of books covering the dramatic D-Day invasion in 1944, there are relatively few first-hand accounts from those who survived the initial assault on Omaha Beach, let alone live long enough to write about it 65 years later. Thankfully, Sgt. Bob Slaughter is still alive to serve as one, if not the last, voice of a generation of (very) young men that accomplished the deadly and daring task of storming the beaches of Normand
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Craig Anderson
Jul 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
Folks, let me tell you. I read a multitude of books each year and maybe, just maybe there are a handful that makes it to my hands that will forever stay on my shelf. This is one of those books. Don’t get me wrong, I have read some good ones and have enjoyed many of them. However, I am talking about a step above the betters.

What really drew me into this book was the personal and genuine way that this story was told. I actually felt that I was sitting and talking, just Bob and myself. A story that
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Andrew Downing
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved this book. Great forward by Alex. Makes you question whether you truly are grateful for our WW2 vets. The author had a butter smooth narrative that was pleasing to read. I could probably read everything he ever wrote just to relax. There’s nothing relaxing about the content however. Detailed and gory at times. Wish there were more details at the end of “his war”. That’s the reason for 4 stars. I wanted more. It’s well worth your money and man...what a dramatic experience Omaha must have be ...more
John Nevola
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is an important contribution to the first-person accounts of the Second World War. Sergeant Slaughter was one of the few who survived the slaughterhouse (no pun intended) of Omaha Beach on D-Day.
As a member of the 116th Infantry Regiment (a direct descendent of Stonewall Jackson’s Second Brigade, nicknamed “The Stonewallers”), of the 29th Infantry Division, he experienced some of the War’s most brutal fighting and heartfelt disappointments.

The “Blue and Gray” division was one of the f
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Adam Tyler
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a phenomenal account by someone who was there - a veteran of D-Day who fought all the way to the Elbe River. Bob Slaughter's stories are vivid and engaging. There are only two minor flaws. The first is that, at times, the narrative jumps forward and back a few days; a description on the 29th's activity on a Wednesday might precede a description of action on a Tuesday, and then might jump ahead to a Thursday. The second minor flaw is that there are occasions where the author misstates a ...more
Fred
I liked this book, but it wasn't one of the better WW2 biographies that I have read. It was told in such a way that entire battles lasted no more than a page and there wasn't much detail to it. I understand that the writer may not have wanted to dwell on certain things and aspects of his stories, but if that's the case then why write the story?

For an avid reader and someone who wants to expand upon WW2 this is something that I'd add to my reading list, but if you were to read one WW2 novel in yo
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Jay
Nov 17, 2012 rated it liked it
I spent some time thinking about how I would rate this book. In terms of importance, this book rates easily at 5-stars, namely because a book like this needs to be written so as to not forget what happened. This is especially the case because this book was written by someone who was there. However, I found the actual book, namely the battle descriptions, hard to wrap my mind around, although I certainly did enjoy reading this book. Lets just hope more people are able to share their experiences d ...more
Margaret Elder
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that I could not put down. While reading it, I commented that it would be hard from now on to complain about anything in my own life. The endurance of the soldiers who lived through these battles is amazing, and the fact that so many were cut down in youth is so sad. The heroes of World War II should never be forgotten, and this book is a fascinating look at war told from a heroic soldier's perspective. I highly recommend it!
Steve
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
The author of this book joined the National Guard in Bedford Virginia and was assigned to the 29th Division which landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy on D-Day June 6, 1944. He describes the preparation and landing as well as horrific experiences in the battle of Normandy. He also describes the battles from Omaha Beach, St. Lo, and into Germany.
John
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1history, box7
First hand account of the Omaha Beach landing on D-Day. For a history maven it doesn't get any better than this. Good stuff. Loved it.
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