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Pogue's war : diaries of a WWII combat historian
Pogue, Forrest C.
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Publication Information:
Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, [2001]

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xviii, 411 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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D811.P566 A3 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Forrest Pogue (1912-1996) was undoubtedly one of the greatest World War II combat historians. Born and educated in Kentucky, he is perhaps best known for his definitive four-volume biography of General George C. Marshall. But, as Pogue's War makes clear, he was also a pioneer in the development of oral history in the twentieth century, as well as an impressive interviewer with an ability to relate to people at all levels, from the private in the trenches to the general carrying four stars. Pogue's War is drawn from Forrest Pogue's handwritten pocket notebooks, carried with him throughout the war, long regarded as unreadable because of his often atrocious handwriting. Pogue himself began expanding the diaries a few short years after the war, with the intent of eventual publication. At last this work is being published. Supplemented with carefully deciphered and transcribed selections from his diaries, the heart of the book is straight from the field. Much of the material has ever before seen print. From D-Day to VE-Day, Pogue experienced and documented combat on the front lines, describing action on Omaha Beach, in the Huertgen Forest, and on other infamous fields of conflict. He no

Author Notes

Forrest C. Pogue received his doctorate in European history in 1939, five years before he would begin his first interviews as a combat historian off the coast of Normandy. He died in 1996
Franklin D. Anderson, Pogue's nephew by marriage, is a longtime educator

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Stephen E. Ambrose calls combat historian Forrest Pogue's wartime diary "priceless." Pogue was the first and among the best historians of WW II. This PhD sergeant and his associates landed at Normandy one day after D-Day and interviewed participants through the end of the European War. His interviews and personal diaries gave him the insights necessary to write the official history of the command, The Supreme Command (1954). Pogue interviewed privates through generals. One centerpiece is a long interview with Lieutenant John Spaulding, who reached the bluff overlooking Omaha Beach. The author writes of officers stealing the rides of enlisted men after a show, but he also writes of "the magnificent reconnaissance of Lieutenant Hudson Hatcher, who would not send his men but personally went on a one-man patrol." General collections. J. P. Hobbs North Carolina State University

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xv
1. London in the Spring of 1944p. 1
2. We Learn Top Secrets or We Are BIGOTEDp. 20
3. Waiting in Cornwallp. 36
4. Crossing the Channel One Day Latep. 45
5. The Lieutenant John Spaulding Interviewp. 64
6. First Days in the Fieldp. 76
7. First Interviews in the Fieldp. 89
8. The Last Weeks of Junep. 119
9. Writing History for a Changep. 139
10. The Breakout at Saint-Lop. 154
11. Restless Days at the Rearp. 176
12. Liberated Parisp. 192
13. Last Days in Normandyp. 206
14. Watching Paris Come to Lifep. 211
15. Opinion and Politics in Liberated Parisp. 237
16. Return to the Fieldp. 249
17. The Deadly Forestp. 271
18. The North Flank of the Bulgep. 292
19. Regaining Lost Groundp. 306
20. Battle for the Damp. 332
21. The Close-Up to the Rhinep. 343
22. Chasing the Armor Across Germanyp. 351
23. Another Form of German Culture--Buchenwaldp. 363
24. A Non-Sober History of the Meeting with the Russiansp. 367
25. Pilzen on VE-Dayp. 375
Epiloguep. 381
Notesp. 383
Glossaryp. 385
About the Authorp. 389
Indexp. 391