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When we were one : stories of World War II
Heinz, W. C. (Wilfred Charles), 1915-2008.
First Da Capo Press edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Da Capo, 2002.
Physical Description:
ix, 262 pages ; 22 cm
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D811.5 .H416 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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W. C. Heinz is one of the great sports writers of the past half-century, but few people know that before he began his sportswriting career he served as a war correspondent for the New York Sun. No less an authority than Stephen E. Ambrose has said of Heinz that both he and Ernie Pyle were the two best journalists to cover World War II. Now for the first time ever, Heinz's finest reporting both during and after the war is collected in one volume. From a first-person account of the scene aboard the U.S.S. Nevada during D-Day (the very same ship that plied the waters at Pearl Harbor) to a six-part series on conducting a night attack to an account of the shooting of several German spies, we are given an up-close-and-personal chronicle of the action by a reporter who was in the thick of it all. Few writers conveyed as vividly as Heinz the heroic efforts of GI's in the face of battle; the sheer humanity, humor, and courage displayed by so many. When We Were All One is a superb collection of war reporting and commentary that ranks with the finest ever assembled on any war.

Author Notes

W. C. Heinz was born in 1915. In 2001 he was inducted into the National Sports Broadcasting and Sportswriting Hall of Fame. He lives in Vermont

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Library Journal Review

Heinz is a longtime sportswriter and author of The Professional as well as a coauthor of MASH. During World War II, he was a young correspondent for the New York Sun, and this collection of his war pieces begins with his personal observations aboard the USS Nevada. The battleship had been restored after the attack at Pearl Harbor and was now supporting the Allied invasion on D-Day. From D-Day, Heinz continues his war coverage with stories from the Siegfried line and Aachen. Heinz was one of the few reporters who witnessed the execution of three German spies captured after the Battle of the Bulge, an experience he writes about with clarity and controlled emotion. In his of-the-moment dispatches, Heinz does a good job of telling the story of the war and profiling its fighting men and scenes of horror. His narrative brings all the chaos of battle to the reader. In the newspaper dispatches, of course, there is little room for historical background. But the book also includes several longer magazine pieces, most memorably an account of returning years later to the Normandy beaches with a D-Day hero and his son. This book of wartime observations will be riveting for the interested reader. Recommended for all public libraries and academic libraries with historical collections. Mark Ellis, Albany State Univ. Lib., GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Dispatches from the New York Sun (1944)
Sun Reporter on U.S. Battleship Tells How Navy Fought on D-Day (6/6/44)p. 3
Back from Grave at Pearl Harbor, U.S.S. Nevada Shatters Nazi Line (6/9/44)p. 9
The Nevada Bows Out with Her Fame Safe in History (6/20/44)p. 13
A Ride to Mons in Moonlight (9/4/44)p. 19
Harried Germans Don't Have Time Even to Bury Their Dead (9/19/44)p. 23
Bitter Armored Battle for Stolberg (9/20/44)p. 27
Still Battle on Hill Above Aachen (10/22/44)p. 33
Dawson Holds Line Above Aachen (10/23/44)p. 39
Co. G Holds Ridge, Key to Aachen (10/24/44)p. 43
Capt. Dawson Keeps Phone Busy (10/25/44)p. 47
Little Abie a Hero on Dawson Ridge (10/26/44)p. 53
Yanks Slog Through Rain to Battle (11/13/44)p. 57
Rabbit Unnerves Reporters (11/29/44)p. 61
In the Hurtgen Forest ... (12/5/44)p. 65
Yank Platoons Push Off to Attack (12/18/44)p. 69
Dispatches from the New York Sun (1945)
Questioning Nazi Captives Is Tough (2/2/45)p. 75
Night Attack (A six-part series)
Yanks Plan a Tricky Night Attack (2/5/45)p. 79
Yanks Clear Path for Night Attack (2/6/45)p. 83
Riding into Battle on a Tank (2/7/45)p. 87
Kids Cling to Tanks on Way to Battle (2/8/45)p. 93
Lack of Proper Winter Equipment Costs U.S. Lives in Attack on Town (2/9/45)p. 99
Yanks Work Over a German Town (2/10/45)p. 105
Old German Gets in Colonel's Hair (2/13/45)p. 111
"The Morning They Shot the Spies" and Other Features (After the War)
The Morning They Shot the Spiesp. 119
Excerpt from Transitionp. 133
D-Day Relivedp. 163
The Day We Met the Russiansp. 187
The Retreat at Monsp. 193
The GI's War Fades Awayp. 209