The liberator: one World War II soldier's 500-day odyssey from the beaches of Sicily to the gates of Dachau

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From July 10, 1943, the date of the Allied landing in Sicily, to May 8, 1945, when victory in Europe was declared -- the entire time it took to liberate Europe -- no regiment saw more action, and no single platoon, company, or battalion endured worse, than the ones commanded by Felix Sparks, who had entered the war as a greenhorn second lieutenant of the 157th "Eager for Duty" Infantry Regiment of the 45th "Thunderbird" Division. Sparks and his fellow Thunderbirds fought longest and hardest to defeat Hitler, often against his most fanatical troops, when the odds on the battlefield were even and the fortunes of the Allies hung in the balance -- and when the difference between defeat and victory was a matter of character, not tactics or armor. Drawing on extensive interviews with Sparks and dozens of his men, as well as over five years of research in Europe and in archives across the US, historian Alex Kershaw masterfully recounts one of the most inspiring and heroic journeys in military history. Over the course of four amphibious invasions, Sparks rose from captain to colonel as he battled from the beaches of Sicily through the mountains of Italy and France, ultimately enduring bitter and desperate winter combat against the diehard SS on the Fatherland's borders. Though he lost all of his company to save the Allied beach-head at Anzio and an entire battalion in the dark forests of the Vosges, Sparks miraculously survived the long bloody march across Europe and was selected to lead a final charge to Bavaria to hunt down Adolf Hitler.--Container.
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New York :Random House Audio Publishing Group :Books on Tape,p2012.
898869
9 sound discs (10 hr.) :digital ;4 3/4 in.
Unabridged library ed.
Sparks, Felix Laurence,1917-2007.
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9780449012659
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subject_facet Audiobooks, HISTORY / Military / World War II, Sparks, Felix Laurence, -- 1917-2007, United States. -- Army -- Officers -- Biography, United States. -- Army. -- Infantry Regiment, 157th. -- Battalion, 3rd, World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Italy, World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Western Front
title_display The liberator one World War II soldier's 500-day odyssey from the beaches of Sicily to the gates of Dachau
title_full The liberator [sound recording] : one World War II soldier's 500-day odyssey from the beaches of Sicily to the gates of Dachau / Alex Kershaw
title_short The liberator
title_sub one World War II soldier's 500-day odyssey from the beaches of Sicily to the gates of Dachau
topic_facet Campaigns, Officers, Sparks, Felix Laurence, World War, 1939-1945