By Don Whitehead
Winner of 2 Pulitzer Prizes, Don Whitehead brought battlefield dispatches that have been classics of frontline reporting. one of many mythical journalists of global conflict II, Whitehead coated nearly each vital Allied invasion and crusade in Europe-from landings in Sicily, Salerno, and Anzio at the Italian entrance to Normandy, the place he went ashore with the 1st military department. Writing for the linked Press, he lined the brutal beachhead struggling with and the Allied sweep to victory throughout France, Belgium, and Germany. bold, valiant, and fearless, Beachhead Donwas certainly one of 16 correspondents offered the Medal of Freedom by way of Harry S Truman.Collected right here for the 1st time, his dispatches are classics of struggle journalism. This e-book, lengthy late, can assist a brand new new release realize Whitehead's bright, strong, and unforgettable tales of fellows at battle. John Romeiser presents a richly specific creation and history to the fellow, his paintings, and his international
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Allied Headquarters in North Africa, [late August]The United States Seventh Army—created for the conquest of Sicily— reached maturity in the thirty-eight days of battle between the invasion land- Sicily, Salerno, and Advance on Rome, 1943 27 ing July 10 on the beaches of southern Sicily and the occupation of Messina. From a virtually unknown quantity as a team, the Seventh Army developed on the field of battle into a hard-hitting, well-integrated force which drove straight through bitter enemy resistance with only two serious checks to the steamroller advance.
Boats were sinking before they could get their human cargoes xxx Introduction to the water’s edge. Tanks, trucks and guns were being knocked out by enemy fire before they could get into action. Doughboys hugged their bodies against the shallow cover of a gravel embankment in a common misery of fear. . But waves and shifting sands have covered most of the signs of the great invasion battle. Rusting skeletons of ships still are clutched in the brown sand as gaunt monuments to a monumental victory.
The crewpilot, co-pilot, navigator, flight engineer and radio man—might have been doing a routine job instead of starting a trans-Atlantic crossing. Back in the tail of the plane were heaps of luggage and gear. There were two rubber lifeboats to be inflated in case of a forced landing on the water and “Mae West” belts to be donned. One jerk of a cord and they would be inflated automatically. On the sides of the lifeboats were marine flares to lead rescue parties. Inching along the narrow catwalk to the end of the tail, you felt the bumps and the ship’s vibrations more sharply.
Beachhead Don: Reporting The War From the European Theater, 1942-1945 by Don Whitehead