Death Traps The Survival of an American Armored Division in World War II (Paperback)
|Author: Belton Y./ Ambrose Cooper|
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|A memoir by a World War II ordinance officer offers a behind-the-scenes account of his ordnance inspections during the European campaign, detailing his experiences on the front line and his job coordinating the recovery and repair of damaged American tanks. Reprint. *Author: Cooper, Belton Y./ Ambrose, Stephen E. (FRW) *Subtitle: The Survival of an American Armored Division in World War II *Publication Date: 2003/04/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 4.25 *Height: 7.00|
From the Publisher:
“Cooper saw more of the war than most junior officers, and he writes about it better than almost anyone. . . . His stories are vivid, enlightening, full of life—and of pain, sorrow, horror, and triumph.”
—STEPHEN E. AMBROSE
From his Foreword
“In a down-to-earth style, Death Traps tells the compelling story of one man’s assignment to the famous 3rd Armored Division that spearheaded the American advance from Normandy into Germany. Cooper served as an ordnance officer with the forward elements and was responsible for coordinating the recovery and repair of damaged American tanks. This was a dangerous job that often required him to travel alone through enemy territory, and the author recalls his service with pride, downplaying his role in the vast effort that kept the American forces well equipped and supplied. . . . [Readers] will be left with an indelible impression of the importance of the support troops and how dependent combat forces were on them.”
“[DEATH TRAPS] FILLS A CRITICAL GAP IN WW2 LITERATURE. . . . IT’S A TRULY UNIQUE AND VALUABLE WORK.”
Stephen E. Ambrose grew up in Wisconsin. He earned his Ph.D. in history from the Univeristy of Wisconsin, and taught history at several American colleges and universities. He was a prolific, and best-selling, popular historian, best-known for his books on World War II. Dwight Eisenhower personally asked Ambrose to edit his papers, and Ambrose wrote a highly-regarded two-volume biography of Ike. In addition to his books on war and soldiers, Ambrose wrote a bestseller, UNDAUNTED COURAGE, on the Lewis & Clarke expedition, and served as a commentator for a Ken Burns documentary on the two explorers. His book on the transcontinental railroad. He was an advisor on the 1998 film SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. Ambrose made news in 2001 when he acknowledged that some language in his book THE WILD BLUE was similar to phrasing in another book, WINGS OF THE MORNING, by Thomas Childers. He did not admit to plagiarizing, but acknowledged that the attributions in his book needed correcting. Ambrose reportedly earned millions through his publisher Simon & Schuster, and he was generous in supporting historical causes. He helped found the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans and was director emeritus of the Eisenhower Center at the University of New Orleans. His book COMRADES: BROTHERS, FATHERS, HEROES, SONS, PALS, in which he writes on relationships, both his won and those of famous figures, is perhaps his most personally revealing work.
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