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18 Platoon by Sydney Jary

Essential reading for anyone interested in the topic. Jary writes with an exceptional eye for detail, revealing just how vividly many of these events are imprinted upon his memory. Freedom had retreated to the Anglophone societies of Britain, its Empire plstoon Commonwealth, and its former colony the United States.

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Dr Michael John Clemons rated it it was amazing Aug 04, Sirvan Almasi rated it it was amazing May 01, His brash methods and thinking clash at first with those of his superiors, but under the guidance of his senior NCO’s he becomes a trusted and effective platoon leader.

Once in a while I read a book that where just a single idea on half a page makes reading the book worth while, and jwry is the case in this one. No, it was to Normandy and the days ahead that Allied minds were turning 60 years ago. Alex Asay rated it it was amazing Oct 16, Opposite Omaha Beach, the special floating tanks designed to reduce the German concrete fortifications were swamped by cross-currents, and sank.


Dr rated it it was amazing Feb 13, Essentially it’s an account of various battles and skirmishes across France, the lowlands and Germany. This not merely affected operations, jagy fatally, but equally coloured much of popular perception thereafter – that somehow or other, the D-Day landings made victory inevitable, and fighting in France was quite different from that of the Great War.

18 Platoon by Jary, Sydney

Initially the foe was Nazism; its kindred creed, Communism, soon followed, to be confronted by economic might and military deterrence, until victory was won in Yet only hindsight permits us to see the truth of that time. Peter Niven rated it really liked it Feb 21, Saturday 29 December There was none in the minds of those who planned the assault. It is a melancholy tale of dogged bravery as unrelenting as anything the Western Front could show. Patrick rated it it was amazing Apr 03, There is something about the onset of December that always gets me thinking about the winter offensive into Germany – it’s an odd mental connection but there it is.

Sixty years ago, most of the landmass of the Eurasian continent and its attendant islands was in thrall to totalitarian dictatorships. In some Pennsylvania towns, almost every family lost a relative or friend on the narrow sands of Omaha.

That said, as the book progresses, Jary’s account definitively grows on you.

It is a s Reading 18 Platoonit is hard to keep in mind that its narrator was only 20 years old when dropped into Normandy in Kieran Roberts rated it liked it Apr 15, At least 20, Norman civilians were killed and over syndey, injured by Allied bombing.


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Now it seemed as if the invasion force of 6, vessels and nearly 16, aircraft would have to be stood down for at least two weeks, playing havoc with morale, organisation and timetables.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. And as the battle progressed, Meyer’s SS men used to strap parcels of explosives to themselves and blow themselves up beside British tanks. It takes a while to realise that what you are reading is in fact a meticulous, diligent, frankness.

Sep 18, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: The Longest Day was the first of a war that lasted for 45 years. The weather is bleak – but sydneu least you’re not being shot at in cold wet slit trenches in the Ardennes; a dubious privilege my grandfather’s generation enjoyed. This is a fascinating description of war at the micro level.

But for each day thereafter, the fighting was every bit as intense and bloody as it had been in Picardy a generation before. Happenstance and bizarre turns of the ridiculous, play far more significant roles in this narrative, than do the decisions of great generals pawing at maps of Europe.