Author Robert C. Weed gives his personal account in this riveting story of the European and African campaigns during World War II.
Weed's story starts on Pearl Harbor Day, describing his last hectic months of college before being assigned to a "hot" combat engineer regiment, which journeys to the British Isles-Scotland, Ireland, and England.
He tells of his personal experiences during the invasion of North Africa in November of 1942, the wide open Tunisian Campaign, the riveting action against Rommel's famous Afrika Corps in the Battle of Kasserine Pass, and the final victory at Tunis.
Weed also describes his involvement with the U.S. Seventh Army in the arduous Sicilian Campaign under General George S. Patton and his participation in the invasion of Sicily. Shortly afterwards, Weed participates in the Italian Campaign, which slugs its way up the Apennine Mountains.
In the middle of this campaign, Weed returns to the States on a rotation program to train fresh troops for the final offensives against the Germans and the Japanese. He describes his work at the engineer school at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and the training used to bring U.S. engineer units to become the finest in the world.
His story ends shortly after the final victory over Japan. The concluding chapter gives some thoughts on the futility of war in general and the complete insanity of any future great war.
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