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By Bruce E. Egger

This specific account of wrestle in international warfare II presents parallel day by day documents of an identical occasions as visible via males within the comparable corporation, one an enlisted guy, one an officer.  

G Company's War is the tale of a global struggle II rifle corporation in Patton's 3rd military as particular within the journals of S/Sgt. Bruce Egger and Lt. Lee M. Otts, either one of G corporation, 328th Regiment, twenty sixth infantry Division. 

Bruce Egger arrived in France in October 1944, and Lee Otts arrived in November. either fought for G corporation in the course of the rest of the struggle. Otts was once wounded heavily in March 1945 and skilled a longer hospitalization in England and the U.S.. either males stored diaries through the time they have been within the carrier, and either accelerated the diaries into full-fledged journals presently after the war. 

These are the voices of normal soldiers--the males who did the fighting--not the generals and statesmen who considered occasions from a distance. so much outstanding is how the 2 highly various personalities recorded the wrestle event. For the serious-minded Egger, the conflict was once a grim ordeal; for Otts, along with his sunny disposition, the struggle was once a once-in-a-lifetime event, occasionally even enjoyable. each one account is actual in its personal correct, however the mix of the 2 right into a unmarried, interwoven tale offers a broader figuring out of warfare and the lads stuck up in it. 

Historian Paul Roley has interspersed through the textual content important overviews and summaries that position G Company's actions within the higher context of total army operations in Europe. moreover, Roley notes what occurred to every soldier pointed out as wounded in motion or in a different way faraway from the corporate and offers an appendix summarizing the losses suffered by way of G corporation. the entire impression of the paintings is to explain the truth of battle in a frontline infantry company. 

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The 26th Division was being funneled into what is considered the classic invasion route between France and Germany, but it was far from being an open gate. The initial problems were two elongated hill bastions running roughly east and west that guarded the gateway routes through the valleys below. The northern ridge was known as the Morhange Plateau, named for the little town located at its southeastern base. Running parallel on the south was the Dieuze Plateau, also named after a nearby town. The latter ridge is commonly referred to as the Foret de Bride et de Koecking, which overlay most of it.

The snow soon turned to slush and it was another damp, raw day. Machine gun fire killed E Company's CO [Captain Clifford Lierman] during the first few minutes of the attack. Fox Company ran into some stiff opposition during the afternoon and we were held up for several hours. Shortly after our forward progress had stopped, 88s started landing in our area. Stacks of cordwood provided us some protection from the shrapnel. During a lull in the shelling the company moved forward about a hundred yards and stopped again.

I could hear some of them talking most of the night while I was on guard duty. Nov. 2, 1944. Cullison and I had taken over the foxhole I had shared with Dixon, who had gone to F Company. It was still raining and the water table was rising. We kept throwing sod in the hole so we wouldn't be sleeping in the water. By the time the leaks were stopped the hole was almost at ground level. We were not that concerned about artillery, since none had landed in our vicinity. A thousand pair of feet on top of the previous traffic soon turned the kitchen area into a sea of mud.

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