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A Mile in Their Shoes: Conversations With Veterans of World War II Paperback – April 1, 1998
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Aaron Elson has been recording the stories of World War 2 veterans for more than 20 years. In this collection he presents a dozen compelling interviews. They include a conversation with five 101st Airborne Division veterans of the siege of Bastogne, a 90th Infantry Division Medal of Honor recipient, two 82nd Airborne veterans of D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge, a survivor of the pre-D-Day disaster at Slapton Sands, and a father who was in World War II and his son who served in Vietnam.
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Elson's compilation reminds me of those long ago but never forgotten conversations. This is not a work of polished history. It is an older collection of stories from the guys who lived them told in their unvarnished voices and with the recognition that their voices would soon be lost. It's a grunt level look at the range of emotions combat produces in boys sent to fight in men's wars. If you can overlook the lack of polish then the power of the narrative will draw you into their stories. These are the type of stories I grew up with and I wish I could hear them again. Read it for the narrative if for no other reason.
Overall, well worth the read for this book of true history.