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Fragments of war : a marine's personal journey
Yaffe, Bertram A., 1920-
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Publication Information:
Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, [1999]

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x, 157 pages, 14 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, 1 map ; 22 cm
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Includes index
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D767.9 .Y34 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A World War II Marine officer who survived three major campaigns in the Pacific offers an authentic and compelling picture of tank warfare.

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Although of modest dimensions, these World War II memoirs fill sizable holes in the literature of the subject. It helps that their authors were unusual soldiers: Yaffe, Jewish and erudite but from a small town in Georgia, and Miller, a Montana farmer's daughter whose consciousness never needed raising because it wasn't low to begin with. Both stepped forward for the same great reason: their country needed them to fight a monstrous evil and defend freedom. Both ended up in responsible positions: Yaffe commanded a marine tank company, and Miller was a cryptographer with the highest security clearances and the best training from both the Americans and the British. Both ramble a bit, but their testimonies are important--Yaffe's, because there isn't much material on the marine tank units, which frequently ended up as conspicuous targets rather than drawing safe duty, and Miller's, because of her predicament as a female veteran whom army food gave permanent health problems for which she has received neither help nor recognition. Yaffe and Miller both seem to think they remain ordinary people in spite of their unusual achievements. --Roland Green