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Title:
G.I. : the American soldier in World War II
Author:
Kennett, Lee B.
Personal Author:
Edition:
Oklahoma paperbacks edition ; University of Oklahoma Press edition.
Publication Information:
Norman [Okla.] : University of Oklahoma Press, 1997.
Physical Description:
xiii, 265 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Originally published: New York : Scribner, 1987.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780806129259
Format :
Book

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Central Library D769.1 .K46 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Lee Kennett provides a vivid portrait of the American soldier, or G.I., in World War II, from his registration in the draft, training in boot camp, combat in Europe and the Pacific, and to his final role as conqueror and occupier. It is all here: the "greetings" from Uncle Sam; endless lines in induction centers across the country; the unfamiliar and demanding world of the training camp, with its concomitant jokes, pranks, traditions, and taboos; and the comparative largess with which the Army was outfitted and supplied. Here we witness the G.I. facing combat: the courage, the heroism, the fear, and perhaps above all, the camaraderie - the bonds of those who survived the tragic sense of loss when a comrade died. Finally, when the war was over, the G.I.'s frequently experienced clumsy, hilarious, and explosive interactions with their civilian allies and with the former enemies whose countries they now occupied.


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