Academic journal article Military Review

Infantry Soldier: Holding the Line at the Battle of the Bulge

Academic journal article Military Review

Infantry Soldier: Holding the Line at the Battle of the Bulge

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INFANTRY SOLDIER: Holding the Line at the Battle of the Bulge, George W. Neill, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2000, 356 pages, $24.95.

Infantry Soldier: Holding the Line at the Battle of the Bulge, is George W. Neill's personal account of his life from the moment of his induc-- tion into the U.S. Army during World War II until he left the front lines during the Battle of the Bulge. Neill's military career began in the Army's Enlisted Reserve Corps at the University of California, Berke-- ley. The program allowed young men pursuing higher education to remain in college while attending ROTC. However, with the buildup for the cross-channel attack in 1943, most of these young men were called to active duty.

Neill paints a fair description of the realities of college boys coming face to face with the regular Army cadre and all the barriers, whether actual or perceived, they had to over-- come. He takes us from the training cycle, to being shipped overseas, to training in England, to deploying to Europe. …

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