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The Longest Winter: The Epic Story of World War II's Most Decorated Platoon Hardcover – April 7, 2005
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The book provides an interesting contrast to the small unit histories such as that of 101 Airborne's Easy Company, or the Rangers. This unit played such a small, crucial part in battling the Ardennes Offensive, a single day, but their war story was played out through the remainder of the war. The details of capture, and in captivity are somewhat unique, as we see what happens to a small unit after the battle, when the outcome is not victorious. Many of us are used to a battle ending in death, or victoriously but battered, and the transition to capture is not something very familiar. A basic battle for food, clothes, and sometimes dignity occurs, all while testing the nerve of the captors and tending to the often neglected wounded. The I&R continued to battle, some separately and others together.
The post-war stories of the men was also very interesting. It's rare to follow this timeline. Some sold war bonds and others spent years in one plastic surgery after the other. The follow through was more personal than most accounts and recognizes the many differences affecting war veterans.
I found the book unique, and remarkable in its ability to contrast and bond this small unit.Read more ›