Before W C Heinz embarked on his illustrious career as one of the premier sports writers of the past fifty years he served as a war correspondent for the New York Sun Now for the first time ever Heinz's finest work on World War II written both during and after the war is collected in one volume From his first person account aboard the USS Nevada during D Day in 1944 to his legendary dispatches from the towns and battlefields of the European front Heinz vividly conveys the courage humor and humanity of men under fire Whether describing a battle scene or a soldier Heinz brings home the war like few others ever have In the second half of the book he and his fourteen year old son Bud revisit the beaches of Normandy with D Day veteran Major General Earl Rudder who recounts his experiences there in another story he describes in his patented you are there style the morning three German spies were executed and in the concluding piece Heinz revisits many of the towns he journeyed through as the American army fought its way across Europe twenty years beforeWhen We Were One is a superb collection of writing on World War II that ranks with the finest ever assembled on any war


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    I started out not liking this book by the time I was done I LOVED IT Long before he was one of the greatest sports writers of a Generation WC Heinz was a WWII war reporter for the long gone New York Sun Newspaper And it turns out he was just as good at that This book does not really address the larger strategic issues at all but it gives you a keen insight into the American Army in Europe as it lived ate fought talked and sometimes died D Day The Cobra Breakout The Hurtgen Forest the Battle of the Bulge these are all seen through the eyes of the GI and the lower officers who did the heavy lifting or the harried press officers who minded the writers Heinz's style is to give you scenes and interchanges with explanations So you get snippets of the war as it was lived not like a Chester Wilmot presentation of living history but rather about the people S Ambrose said that WC Heinz was with Ernie Pyle as the best examples of the human interest war correspondent and I don't disagree unusual for me not a Stephen Ambrose fan at all although I think there were a few period writers we forget now It gets really interesting as the book also includes some 1950s memory pieces that revisit work in wonderful ways Well worth itThis is a GREAT book for a junior reader to get a feel for the insanity of WWII with a friendly and true guiding voice and the writing is just so good and evocative For the GamerModellermilitary Enthusiast a GEM While I have to admit the Modeller will get way help for diorama development than the Gamer for will for scenario work the overall effect is wonderful You can really understand concepts like morale and fatigue reading this book and get a real sense of the army you are portraying I mark this as a particular find along with Pyle for Non American playersmodellersenthusiasts as it REALLY gives you a feel for Americans and the America of the 1940s to the 1960s at least as far as WWII vets go I could feel my father over my shoulder nodding his head even though his war was in the warmer Pacific A STRONG recommendation