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John

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  • The Liberator: One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Alex Kershaw
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
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    (115)
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    From July 10, 1943, the date of the Allied landing in Sicily, to May 8, 1945, when victory in Europe was declared - the entire time it took to liberate Europe - no regiment saw more action, and no single platoon, company, or battalion endured worse, than the ones commanded by Felix Sparks, who had entered the war as a greenhorn second lieutenant of the 157th "Eager for Duty" Infantry Regiment of the 45th "Thunderbird" Division. Sparks and his fellow Thunderbirds fought longest and hardest to defeat Hitler.

    Kenzibit says: "All for the PEACE & FREEDOM we enjoy today."
    "Different story of the US Army in Europe"
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    Felix Sparks comes across as an amazing but perfectly believe-able person caught up in WW2.
    It also tells the story of a different front for the US Army in Western Europe in WWII.
    From Sicily to Italy to Southern France, then across the Siegfried line into southern Germany.
    As one of the GIs said when asked "Which beach did you land on" - implying Normandy, he said "We landed on so many beaches we lost count".
    Also keep listening to the end, the story doesn't end in 1945.

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