Rick Atkinson

“TWENTY-SEVEN acres of headstones fill the American military cemetery at Carthage, Tunisia. There are no obelisks, no tombs, no ostentatious monuments, just 2,841 bone-white marble markers, two feet high and arrayed in ranks as straight as gunshots. Only the chiseled names and dates of death suggest singularity. Four sets of brothers lie side by side. Some 240 stones are inscribed with thirteen of the saddest words in our language: “Here rests in honored glory a comrade in arms known but to God.” A long limestone wall contains the names of another 3,724 men still missing, and a benediction: “Into Thy hands, O Lord.” This”


Rick Atkinson, An Army at Dawn: The War in Africa, 1942-1943
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An Army at Dawn: The War in Africa, 1942-1943 An Army at Dawn: The War in Africa, 1942-1943 by Rick Atkinson
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