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This an informal story of the travels and battles of an infantry regiment in World War II. Like most stories of war, it is difficult to tell, for it is about groups-- squads, platoons, companies, battalions -- while the real story of war, to every soldier who fought, is the story of the part HE played in it. But to tell the full story of any one soldier in this war, to tell of the grimness and the humor, the nausea and the dignity, the terror and the heroism which marked his fighting days would fill this whole book and many more. Even in this simple story of a single regiment we can only outline the major facts of endless battle. For greater detail we refer you to the men for whom this book was written, the men of the 157th Infantry.

To the best of our knowledge, the facts in this book are accurate. Yet remember, the actions spoken of are not the calm, deliberate movements of history in its normal stride, but the frenzied, semi-chaos of men killing each other. No reporters stood by while these killings took place and the men present were too busy with the killing to note, at all times, which squad went where. So while we may place you at the bottom of a hill at a time when you know full well your squad was at the top of the hill, hear with us, for in the main you'll find us accurate.

Cover reads: Eager For Duty -- motto of the regiment

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Army & Navy Publishing Company


Baton Rouge, Louisiana


United States Army, 157th Field Artillery Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, World War 1939-1945, Regimental histories, World War 1939-1945 Personal narratives American, World War 1939-1945 Campaigns Europe

History of the 157th Infantry Regiment (Rifle), 4 June 1943-8 May 1945



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