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A Foot Soldier for Patton

The Story of a "Red Diamond" Infantryman with the US Third Army
Narrated by: Johnny Heller
Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
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A brutally honest depiction of day-to-day combat in World War II...

A rarely frank account of the US infantry experience in northern Europe, A Foot Soldier for Patton takes the listener from the beaches of Normandy through the giddy drive across France to the brutal battles on the Westwall, in the Ardennes, and finally to the conquest of Germany itself.

Patton's army is best known for dashing armored attacks; its commander combining the firepower of tanks with their historic lineage as cavalry. But when the Germans stood firm, the greatest fighting was done by Patton's long undersung infantry - the foot sloggers who were called upon to reduce enemy strong points and who took the brunt of German counterattacks.

Michael Bilder, a member of the 5th Infantry ("Red Diamond" division), played a unique role in the Third Army's onslaught. A rifleman foremost, he was also a German-speaker, called upon for interrogations and special duties.

Incidents common to the ordinary GI, but which seldom see the light of day in histories, are routinely related in this book, enriching the listener's sense of the true reality of World War II combat.

©2008 Michael C. Bilder and James G. Bilder (P)2018 Tantor

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Good first hand biography from a WW2 Vet!

If you like reading first hand accounts from WWII Veterans then don’t miss this one. A good read about the experiences of a Veteran from the Red Diamond Division. A unit that you don’t here too much about but has one extensive battle record. No punches pulled either. He lets you know how he stood with the army & it’s chain of command and all things associated with his experiences of the war. Also a good soldiers eye view of what it meant to be one of Patton’s Foot Soldiers.