"If you survive your first day, I'll promote you."
So promised George Wilson's World War II commanding officer in the hedgerows of Normandy -- and it was to be a promise dramatically fulfilled. From July, 1944, to the closing days of the war, from the first penetration of the Siegfried Line to the Nazis' last desperate charge in the Battle of the Bulge, Wilson fought in the thickest of the action, helping take the small towns of northern France and Belgium building by building.
Of all the men and officers who started out in Company F of the 4th Infantry Division with him, Wilson was the only one who finished. In the end, he felt not like a conqueror or a victor, but an exhausted survivor, left with nothing but his life -- and his emotions.
If You Survive
One of the great first-person accounts of the making of a combat veteran, in the last, most violent months of World War II.
If You Survive
George Wilson’s work here is the most riveting account of infantry combat that I have read. His portrayal of the pain and heartache of battle is graphically displayed here. All the contradictions of command in small unit engagements are shown clearly in this stupendous work. Bravo! Lieutenant Wilson.
Put yourself in his shoes
It is hard to imagine doing the heroic things people like this author did for his fellow soldiers and his country. This books was very well written and hard to put down. If you've seen movies like Band if Brothers this is a must read as the parallels are amazing.
A VERY INTERESTING BOOK
I believe most people would enjoy this account of a young U S Army officer combat experience in the European theater of WW II.