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Soldiers of a Different Cloth

Notre Dame Chaplains in World War II
Narrated by: Robertson Dean
Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
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In Soldiers of a Different Cloth, New York Times best-selling author and military historian John Wukovits tells the inspiring story of 35 chaplains and missionaries who, while garnering little acclaim, performed extraordinary feats of courage and persistence during World War II. Ranging in age from 22 to 53, these University of Notre Dame priests and nuns were counselor, friend, parent, and older sibling to the young soldiers they served. These chaplains experienced the horrors of the Death March in the Philippines and the filthy holds of the infamous Hell Ships. They dangled from a parachute while descending toward German fire at Normandy and shivered in Belgium's frigid snows during the Battle of the Bulge. They languished in German and Japanese prison camps, and stood speechless at Dachau.

Based on a vast collection of letters, papers, records, and photographs in the archives of the University of Notre Dame, as well as other contemporary sources, Wukovits brings to life these nearly forgotten heroes who served wherever duty sent them and wherever the war dictated. Wukovits intertwines their stories on the battlefronts with their memories of Notre Dame. In their letters to their superior in South Bend, Indiana, they often asked about the campus, the Grotto, and the football team. Their love for Notre Dame helped buttress them during their wartime tribulations, and their return to campus was akin to a warm homecoming. Soldiers of a Different Cloth will fascinate and engage all listeners interested in the history of World War II and alumni, friends, and fans of the Fighting Irish.

©2018 John F. Wukovits (P)2018 Blackstone Publishing

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the characters shine through

engaging personal stories of individuals during World War II without heavy emphasis on religion or Notre Dame. just the right mix of the religious order a Notre Dame to add to the characters. wonderfully done.

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Extraordinary story

I bought this not knowing much about chaplains in WWII. It was a most worthwhile purchase! Thank you Audible. The selflessness of these priests during the war is so compelling, it deserves more volumes. There are just too many stories of valor, compassion, and courage. Robertson Dean is always an excellent narrator. This is one book not to be missed.