Between 1940 and 1945 the US Army expanded from eight infantry divisions to 66. Although the majority of these soldiers were draftees, many had enlisted in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor. This title follows one soldier from Indiana, from his enlistment at the age of 18 in January 1942, through training in a replacement training centre, assignment to the newly formed 76th Division (AUS), and overseas with the 1st Battalion 133d Regiment, 34th Division (Red Bull). It takes him into the reality of daily life and combat in the Mediterranean theater in 1943-45 (Fondouk Pass, Hill 609, Salerno, Monte Cassino, Anzio and Lanuvio). Whilst the focus is on one hypothetical soldier, the generalities and experiences of the many are also examined and woven into the individual narrative thread.
Robert S. Rush PhD is a retired Command Sergeant Major, who served in the US Army from 1969 to 1999. He has worked as a historian to several key policy review teams for the United States Army. He is the author of The Soldier's Guide 5th Edition as well as numerous magazine articles. His PhD focused on cohesion, morale, and operational effectiveness of US and German units in the Hurtgen Forest, Fall 1944. Elizabeth Sharp trained in Fine Art at the Leicester College of Art and Technology, UK. She has been a full member of the Society of Equestrian Artists for many years, and has served on the Executive Committee of that society for several of these. She is also a full member of the Society of Women Artists and exhibits regularly in London with both groups.
Introduction - Chronology 1942 to 1945 - Organizational examination of a U.S. rifle company - So you want to enlist - Stateside training and maneuvers - The shipment over and experience as a replacement - First blood, Tunisia (Feb 43) - Salerno, Cassino and Anzio - On being wounded, recovery and return - Living and fighting in the cold (Jan-Mar 45) - Fighting up the Boot of Italy (Apr-May 45) - The aftermath and going home - Index