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Battle Hardened

An Infantry Officer's Harrowing Journey from D-Day to V-E Day
Narrated by: Sean Runnette
Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
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Battle Hardened: An Infantry Officer's Harrowing Journey from D-Day to VE Day tells the story of an American soldier's growth from a Second Lieutenant eager to prove his worth in battle to a skilled and resolute commander over the course of the Northern European Campaign. Craig Chapman delves deep into the personal recollections and mental state of Bill Chapman as he fought against the Nazis, enduring frontline combat and witnessing horror on a massive scale. Lieutenant Chapman maintains his sanity by isolating his emotions from the chaos of the battlefield, and the young officer turns into a hard-edged warrior who dispassionately orders men to risk their lives yet still manages to hold onto his humanity.

©2017 Craig S. Chapman (P)2018 Tantor

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"I spent 15 months in the European Theater of Operations and participated in all the campaigns that Craig depicted. I can attest that Battle Hardened is one of the most realistic books written since 1944-45." (Sgt. Maj. Jack Port)

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A zero-passion low-detail account of events

This book sort of reads / sounds like a typical log that people of the war generation wrote; it accounts events, but in a very dry way. It is generally very light on details that would make for more interesting reading, instead sort of glossing over what were surely dramatic situations.. and it does this fairly consistently from start to finish. Overall, while it seemed promising from the description and preview, it was ultimately very disappointing.