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eBook The Gentle Infantryman download ISBN: 1586190482
Author: Bill Boyd
Publisher: Elton Wolf Pub; First Thus edition (August 1, 2003)
Language: English
Pages: 346
ePub: 1869 kb
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Rating: 4.1
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction

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William Young Boyd graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover and Yale University

William Young Boyd graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover and Yale University. During World War II, he fought through the campaigns in the Alsace, the Siegfried Line, Wurzburg, Schweinfurt, Nuremburg, the Danube and Munich. In addition to being an accomplished author, he is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Boyd Steamship Corporation.

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This is the best book about the WW2 combat soldier I've ever read

This is the best book about the WW2 combat soldier I've ever read. The information is historically accurate and exacting in detail, told with a true storyteller's memory and eye for a good yarn. The fact that the author experienced WW2 in Europe gives you the feeling that he is writing his own life story.

The Gentle Infantryman: A Novel. Again, the Americans fought back with a valiant desperation, throwing in all their reserves; now, in the first days of January 1945, they had emptied their infantry replacement depots from Le Havre to the Ardennes and from Marseilles to Alsace. Everything they had was on the line. Download The Gentle Infantryman: A Novel by Bill Boyd free. The Gentle Infantryman: A Novel by Bill Boyd fb2 DOWNLOAD FREE.

As a teenager when World War II ended in 1945, I often spoke to returning veterans and listened closely. I remember their faces, especially their eyes.

William Y. Boyd was a combat infantryman in Europe during the Second World Wa. Boyd's other novels include the Gentle Infantryman, Bolivar: Liberator of a Continent, (Spanish and English) and A Fight for Love and Glory. Boyd was a combat infantryman in Europe during the Second World War. Entering the lines as a replacement when he was 18, Boyd saw action in Alsace, the Siegfried Line, Wurzburg, Schweinfurt, Nuremburg and Danube.

The ground war on the mainland of Europe began on D-Day, June 6, 1944. After the initial ferocity of the Normandy invasion came the summer's grim deadlilnes in the hedgerows. The subsequent Allied breakout and dash across France was followed by the battles at the gates of Germany that occupied the entire autumn of 1944.

Winter set in. Spring promised a new Allied asault that would sweep into Germany from the west. But the Germans did not intend to wait for spring.

In the middle of December, they struck with three Panzer armies in the Ardennes. The attack was swift and unexpected and drove a "bulge" into the American line. The bitter winter turned brutal as armies surged back and forth, leaving trails of blood in the snow.

The Germans struck again, this time in Alsace. They hit hard against a thin line. They attacked with Panzers, SS infantry, and crack paratroops. Again, the Americans fought back with a valiant desperation, throwing in all their reserves; now, in the first days of January 1945, they had emptied their infantry replacement depots from Le Havre to the Ardennes and from Marseilles to Alsace. Everything they had was on the line.

Comments: (7)
Winn
One of the best WWII infantry stories I've read. Great read!
Anararius
A Vet I met at the Bloomsburg PA county fair told me about this book. He said that the author was in his unit and that the stories were very well retold in the book. You as the reader can get a real feeling of what Bill Boyd and the men in unit went through. When you finish the story you are left with an feeling that it just incredible that anyone survived those final months of the war as the Germans fought to save there homeland and sadness for those who didn't make it. You will thoroughly enjoy reading this book.
Shalinrad
The story held me right from the beginning. It was told as if the author had lived through the horrors of the war.

I could not put it down.
Qusicam
Great!
Gela
I'm very hesitant to write a review of this book let alone give it 3 stars. My reasoning is that personal taste, whether it be music, literature, or food should only be judged on its merits and not if one simply likes it or doesn't. That being said, having just finished the book I feel it my duty to offer an assessment different from those of my predecessors.

I take issue with tale of "The Gentle Infantryman" because I believe the author's writing style, plot, and character development are cloyingly simplistic and superficial. By the time I was half-way through the second chapter I began to develop a feeling that the writer was crafting a story meant to entertain a young reader. By chance, when closing the book that evening, I happened to glance at the reviews displayed on the back cover. To my chagrin, one reviewer stated that the book was well suited to a "YA" library. Now I understood why I wasn't finding this novel satisfying. Many years ago, when I was a "young adult" I might have found this novel satisfying. However, at this time of my life, I better appreciate novels that have more complex and conflicted characters and scenarios. When I saw that all of the previous Amazon reviewers had rated this story 4 or 5 stars, I wanted to provide the next potential purchaser a differing opinion. I believe better decisions are made when there is variety of opinion.
Atineda
One of the best books among the many about infantry combat. That it is fictional detracts not one iota. The author quite obviously writes from experience and makes use of the freedom fiction provides to paint a powerful and realistic picture of ground warfare, particularly the randomness through which men live and die. As one who fought in the infantry during the Battle of the Bulge, the setting for Mr. Boyd's novel, and produced three highly researched chapters about it in a memoir, I am proud to recommend "The Gentle Infantryman" as an authentic account of the way it was. Fiction can indeed be more true than fact. This honest little book is a primary example.
Molotok
This is the best book about the WW2 combat soldier I've ever read. The information is historically accurate and exacting in detail, told with a true storyteller's memory and eye for a good yarn. The fact that the author experienced WW2 in Europe gives you the feeling that he is writing his own life story. The story is neither sentimental nor maudlin, nor is it gritty; it is realistic. Easy to read, it makes you proud to be an American and will leave you with immense respect for the "Greatest Generation." A must for every WW2 historian.
This simple yet touching novel depicts the brutality and savagery endured by the infantrymen of World War II. Published 40 years after the German army surrendered unconditionally, W. Y. Boyd writes as if he has just returned home from the barracks of war in some secluded war camp in the German countryside. Serving almost as an autobiographical account of Boyd's own war experiences, The Gentle Infantryman is a compelling and believable novel.
The Gentle Infantryman narrates the life of Will Pope, a young Governor's son who would rather read quietly to himself than make friends with his peers. In order to find glamour and excitement to impress the town belle, Will joins the army. He finds excitement, just not the kind of thrills he was hoping for. Will is drafted into the infantry, and soon there is more excitement than he could have ever bargained for.
Placed in the mine platoon of the army, Will soon evolves from an intelligent and amiable creature with a mild nature to an intelligent and amiable creature...who kills people, and does it well. The only member of his platoon who survives the whole war, Will becomes a hardened war veteran.
The lessons that Will learns while in the battlefield are not only tactics of war, but of human nature and compassion as well. Will learns of the capacity of the human heart, and what people are willing to do for their country. "The Germans aren't to blame for this. We all are. The sins of any man are the sins of us all." An intruiging thought for all of society, war heroes or not.