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Youth Interrupted Paperback – February 12, 2013
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Karl Lindquist speaks for so many of the 'greatest generation,' with a humility and humor that helps explain the qualities of spirit that allowed them to survive and build their lives after the war. Without knowing these qualities, we could not be the nation we are today.
Thank you Sir.
It is nevertheless well written and exciting and we can all be proud of him sign Henry Fish Exeter class of 44
The 26th went straight to France, landing in September. Its first action was the following month and Lindquist had an astonishing combat baptism. No one really knew what to expect and there is amazing blundering - from both sides. The sounds of battle and simple field craft are ignored. Poor discipline leads to unnessesary casualties and Lindquist finds himself rescuing the wounded virtually by himself. It is all pretty much a disaster. (Robert Kortluck writes about this action in ‘Before their time’.) Lindquist also experiences a traumatic jolt from killing.
In short order, Lindquist’s platoon is destroyed and he transfers to the medics. He felt very poorly served by leaders and this was mostly to get away from them. He names names too! Lindquist was very intelligent and easily spotted some of the foolishness of army life. This was highlighted by the medal ceremony he attended to receive his Silver and Bronze Stars.
This is a fairly short book but it has some strong elements. Lindquist himself is a decent man and he does his duty. His combat experiences subsequent to his ‘baptism’ are not as detailed but there are still a number of interesting things to read about being under fire and the randomness of death. Lindquist’s experiences as a youth are also of interest in a time when the world was quite different. Recommended. 3 ½ stars.
See my other reviews for US infantry ETO memoirs here - https://www.amazon.com/gp/richpub/listmania/fullview/R3UF2TCLUW0BYX/cm_lm_byauthor_title_full
I was not prepared to love the book, and I did.
In our days of perpetual war, Karl takes you back in time and one feels as though they are a young person ...thrown into a theater of war ...something of which most of us know Nothing...a war that had meaning. I now understand why military leaders make good world leaders....they know war, and are more likely to use it as a last resort, unlike our leaders today.
I think we should all be required to read this...especially those of us who have not served our country....the story is told as a friend
speaks his truth....no sensationalism..just a story being told beautifully ...