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BOOKS

Below is a collection of books we have compiled to help you with your knowledge of the 29th Infantry Division during WWII. If you have any suggestions please get in touch with us.

  29 Let's Go! A History of the 29th Infantry Division in World War II by Joseph H Ewing, ISBN: 0898390184
 

This is probably the best book about the 29th Division during WWII. Loads of photos, most of which you will not have seen before, and it is written by an ex-29er. This rare find is a must have for all 29th enthusiasts. Because it is rare the price varies - anything from £40 to £60 is normal though.

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115th Infantry Regiment in WWII by Joseph Binkoski and Arthur Plaut, ISBN: 0898391113

This book follows the 115th Infantry Regiment of the 29th Division during World War II. It is quite rare but can still be brought second hand. Amazon (click below) should have some for sale from re-sellers.

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Beyond the Beachhead by Joseph Balkoski, ISBN: 0811726827

This is one of the best, most indepth looks at the training and preparation for the Normandy invasion. It follows the 29th from the USA through to the capture of St. Lo. The information has been compiled from after action reports and veterans accounts.

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Omaha Beach by Joseph Balkoski, ISBN: 0811733769

Joseph Balkoski describes the minute-by-minute combat as it unfolded on Omaha Beach, allowing soldiers to speak for themselves as they recall their attempts to manoeuvre bombers through heavy cloud cover, the claustrophobic terror aboard transports, and the relentless fire that greeted them on the beach.

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Other Clay by Charles R Cawthon, ISBN: 0803264429

A survivor's account of World War II infantry combat told by a front-line officer whose 116th Infantry Regiment landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day and fought its way across Europe to the Elbe. This memoir is a recollected study of men confronting the face of death - their fear their courage and their unreasoning ability to go one more step.

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Clay Pidgeons of St. Lo by Glover S Johns, ISBN: 0811726045

Originally published in 1958 and now available for the first time in paperback, this classic of modern military history tells the exciting true story of the fall of St Lo; the first major objective of the invading American armies in Normandy in June of 1944. Although St. Lo was intended to be taken within days...

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All My Love, Forever: Letters Home from a WWII Citizen Soldier by Lloyd D Lane, ISBN: 0759630798

This is a compilation of poignant excerpts from 760 letters written by a soldier during World War II to his wife and newborn son. They cover 34 months from his being drafted to his being sent to Europe.

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They Were on Omaha Beach: 217 Eyewitness Reports by Laurent Lefevre, ISBN: 2951996357

This book looks at the invasion of Omaha Beach through both local and veterans reports. It follows the invasion minute by minute, told by those who were there, living through the chaos. It can be brought from Amazon France but it is rare to find it elsewhere online.

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