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Military Book group selection for May 7, 2015

In Deadly CombatThe Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen The In Deadly Combat, by Gottlob Herbert Bidermann as the title for their May 7th discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

In the hell that was World War II, the Eastern Front was its heart of fire and ice. Gottlob Herbert Bidermann served in that lethal theater from 1941 to 1945, and his memoir of those years recaptures the sights, sounds, and smells of the war as it vividly portrays an army marching on the road to ruin.

A riveting and reflective account by one of the millions of anonymous soldiers who fought and died in that cruel terrain, In Deadly Combat conveys the brutality and horrors of the Eastern Front in detail never before available in English. It offers a ground soldier’s perspective on life and death on the front lines, providing revealing new information concerning day-to-day operations and German army life.

 

 

Military Book group selection for April 2nd, 2015

download (5)The Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen The Face of Battle: A Study of Agincourt, Waterloo, and the Somme, by John Keegan as the title for their April 2nd discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

The Face of Battle is military history from the battlefield: a look at the direct experience of individuals at the “point of maximum danger.” Without the myth-making elements of rhetoric and xenophobia, and breaking away from the stylized format of battle descriptions, John has written what is probably the definitive model for military historians. And in his scrupulous reassessment of three battles representative of three different time periods, he manages to convey what the experience of combat meant for the participants, whether they were facing the arrow cloud at the battle of Agincourt, the musket balls at Waterloo, or the steel rain of the Somme.

 

 

Military Book group selection for April 3rd, 2015

download (5)The Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen The Face of Battle: A Study of Agincourt, Waterloo, and the Somme, by John Keegan as the title for their April 3rd discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

The Face of Battle is military history from the battlefield: a look at the direct experience of individuals at the “point of maximum danger.” Without the myth-making elements of rhetoric and xenophobia, and breaking away from the stylized format of battle descriptions, John has written what is probably the definitive model for military historians. And in his scrupulous reassessment of three battles representative of three different time periods, he manages to convey what the experience of combat meant for the participants, whether they were facing the arrow cloud at the battle of Agincourt, the musket balls at Waterloo, or the steel rain of the Somme.

 

 

Military Book group selection for March 5th

1861The Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen 1861, by Adam Goodheart as the title for their March 5th discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

1861 is Adam Goodheart’s account of how the Civil War began and a second American revolution unfolded, setting Abraham Lincoln on the path to greatness and millions of slaves on the road to freedom. In this gripping and original book, Goodheart introduces us to a heretofore little-known cast of Civil War heroes—among them an acrobatic militia colonel, an explorer’s wife, an idealistic band of German immigrants, a regiment of New York City firemen, a community of Virginia slaves, and a young college professor who would one day become president. Their stories take us from the corridors of the White House to the slums of Manhattan, from the waters of the Chesapeake to the deserts of Nevada, from Boston Common to Alcatraz Island, vividly evoking the Union at its moment of ultimate crisis and decision.

 

 

 

Military Book group selection for February 5th

2015Jan-Remain of Company DThe Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen The Remains of Company D, by James Carl Nelson as the title for their February 5th discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

Haunted by an ancestor’s tale of near death on a distant battlefield, James Carl Nelson set out in pursuit of the scraps of memory of his grandfather’s small infantry unit. Years of travel across the world led to the retrieval of unpublished personal papers, obscure memoirs, and communications from numerous Doughboys as well as original interviews of the descendants of his grandfather’s comrades in arms. The result is a compelling tale of battle rooted in new primary sources, and one man’s search for his grandfather’s legacy in a horrifying maelstrom that is today poorly understood and nearly forgotten.

The Remains of Company D follows the members of Company D, 28th Infantry Regiment, United States First Division, from enlistment to combat to the effort to recover their remains, focusing on the three major battles at Cantigny, Soissons, and in the Meuse-Argonne and the effect these horrific battles had on the men.