William Palmer

War Story

The Boys' Crusade: American GIs In Europe - Chaos and Fear In World War Two


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PAUL FUSSELL IS a famous literary scholar and historian who sixty years ago served in the American infantry in France, and was badly wounded in 1945. The purpose of his new book is to present compelling evidence against ‘a return … to military romanticism, which, if not implying that war is really good for you, does suggest that it contains desirable elements – pride, companionship, and the consciousness of virtue enforced by deadly weapons’. In short sections, almost like accurate barrages of artillery fire, Fussell destroys most of the myths and whatever romance lingers about our perception of war.

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