The Fighting First

The Fighting First

The Untold Story of the Big Red One on D-Day

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Baker & Taylor
Chronicles the inspiring story of the American soldiers in the United States Army's 1st Infantry Division and their role in the D-Day invasion of France at Normandy, followed by their fight across France, Belgium, and into Germany. 50,000 first printing.

Perseus Publishing
The Fighting First tells the untold story of the 1st Infantry Division's part in the D-Day invasion of France at Normandy. Using a variety of primary sources, official records, interviews, and unpublished memoirs by the veterans themselves, author Flint Whitlock has crafted a riveting, gut-wrenching, personal story of courage under fire. Operation Overlord - the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944 - was arguably the most important battle of World War II, and Omaha Beach was the hottest spot in the entire operation. Leading the amphibious assault on the "Easy Red" and "Fox Green" sectors of Omaha Beach was the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division - "The Big Red One" - a tough, swaggering outfit with a fine battle record. The saga of the Big Red One, however, did not end with the storming of the beachhead. The author concludes with an account of the 1st in their fight across France, Belgium, and into Germany itself, playing pivotal roles in the bloody battles for Aachen, the Huertgen Forest, and the Battle of the Bulge. The Fighting First is an inspiring, graphic, and often heartbreaking story of young American soldiers performing their D-Day missions with spirit, humor, and determination.

Chronicles the untold story of the Big Red One, the legendary 1st Infantry Division, in its assault on Nazi forces at Omaha Beach during the Normandy invasion


Blackwell North Amer
The Fighting First is the previously untold story of the 1st Infantry Division's part in the D-Day invasion of France at Normandy. Using a variety of primary sources, official records, interviews, and unpublished memoirs by the veterans themselves, author Flint Whitlock has crafted a story of courage under fire. Operation Overlord - the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944 - was arguably the most important battle of World War II, and Omaha Beach was the hottest spot in the entire operation. Leading the amphibious assault on the Easy Red and Fox Green sectors of Omaha Beach was the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division - the Big Red One - a battle-hardened outfit with a fine combat record. The saga of the Big Red One, however, did not end with the storming of the beachhead. The author concludes with an account of the 1st in their fight across France and Belgium and into Germany itself, playing pivotal roles in the bloody battles for Aachen, the Huertgen Forest, and the Battle of the Bulge. The Fighting First is an inspiring, graphic, and often heartbreaking story of young American soldiers performing their D-Day missions with spirit, humor, and determination.

Publisher: Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 2004
ISBN: 9780813342184
081334218X
Branch Call Number: 940.5421 WHITL

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