The Liberator

The Liberator

One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey From the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau

eBook - 2012
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Publisher: New York : Crown, 2012.
ISBN: 9780307888013
0307888010
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Contents: The dustbowl
The west
Off to war
Italy
Sicily
The race for Messina
Mountain country
Anzio
Danger ahead
Hell broke loose
A blood dimmed tide
The battle of the caves
Crossing the line
The bitch-head
The break out
Rome
France
Day 401
The Champagne campaign
The Vosges
Germany
Black December
The breaking point
Defeat
The river
The Siegfried Line
Cassino on the Main
Downfall
The heart of darkness
The day of the Americans
The hounds of hell
The coal yard
The Linden incident
The long day closes
Last battles
The last days
Victory in Europe
Peace breaks out
The last battle.

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Eggy1
May 14, 2018

Extremely well researched and written. A first hand account of many important US military campaigns of WW2, all see through the eyes of a commander on the ground. A must read for those who enjoy writing that makes history come alive through personal accounts. Easily one of the best WW2 history books i have read.

bibliotechnocrat Aug 20, 2014

Starting with riding the rails during the great depression, Felix Sparks bootstrapped his way into college. When the war came, he became an officer in the Thunderbird Division of the US Army, and went ashore at Sicily. Sparks served with the Thunderbirds up through the Italian Peninsula, then on to Anzio before being transferred to the landing force that entered southern France - four amphibious landings in all. He fought his way into Germany, finally ending up as the liberator of Dachau. Napoleon famously wanted officers who were lucky - I think Napoleon wouldn't have approved much of this American officer. Solidly researched, this biography covers lesser known areas of US involvement in the war, and gives a great picture of a maverick officer. The discovery of the Dachau atrocities are a body blow at the end of Sparks difficult journey through World War II.

AlanReynolds Nov 14, 2013

I agree wholeheartedly with bbb1771. What a story this man has! A must read for any WWII buff or anyone who wonders how people cope in combat.

ChristchurchLib Jan 15, 2013

"Felix Sparks enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1936; by the end of World War II he held the rank of colonel. From July 1943 to the end of the war, Sparks led the 157th Infantry through brutal and bloody fighting in Sicily and Italy - with devastating losses at Anzio. Among the first Americans to reach Germany, they liberated the Dachau concentration camp. Using interviews with Sparks and letters from him and his men, journalist Alex Kershaw builds a detailed portrait of Sparks' army career, his inspiring leadership, and the grit and perseverance of his regiment." January 2013 Biography and Memoir Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=591080

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bbb1771
Nov 20, 2012

Powerfully written account of forgotten WW II campaigns and battles, bringing historical context to significant events from the vantage point of someone who experienced it first hand.

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