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“Powerful and often startling The Deserters offers a provokingly fresh angle on this most studied of conflicts” The Boston Globe A groundbreaking history of ordinary soldiers struggling on the front lines The Deserters offers a completely new perspective on the Second World War Charles Glass renowned journalist and author of the critically acclaimed Americans in Paris Life and Death Under Nazi Occupation delves deep into army archives personal diaries court martial records and self published memoirs to produce this dramatic and heartbreaking portrait of men overlooked by their commanders and ignored by history Surveying the 150000 American and British soldiers known to have deserted in the European Theater The Deserters A Hidden History of World War II tells the life stories of three soldiers who abandoned their posts in France Italy and Africa. I ve always heard World War II vets referred to as gung ho dedicated soldiers This look at WWII shatters some of those myths not just about the men who fought this war but about all soldiers in all wars PTSD Soldiers Heart Shell Shock are all terms used to designate the damage killing and the fear of being killed does to people This is what is at the heart of Glass s book human beings who understandably abhor bloodshed It s assumed that if a woman can get pregnant and give birth she ll naturally know how to mother just as giving a man a gun and a cause should make him a killer for a prescribed time and a for a designated period Obviously this isn t true in all casesDeserters follows a few individuals both British and American from their home town origins to their war service with eye to understanding what they went through and why they reacted as they did It doesn t glorify them it makes them human and it makes their actions comprehensible Glass relies on their diaries and poetry as well as fellow soldiers accounts There aren t any big names just common GI s but their stories are compelling Along the way you ll learn lots of inside information about the war and what it felt like physically and mentally Electing Judges used to designate the damage killing and the fear of being killed does to people This is what is at the heart of Glass s book human beings who Encounters with Rauschenberg understandably abhor bloodshed It s assumed that if a woman can get pregnant and give birth she ll naturally know how to mother just as giving a man a gun and a cause should make him a killer for a prescribed time and a for a designated period Obviously this isn t true in all casesDeserters follows a few individuals both British and American from their home town origins to their war service with eye to Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries understanding what they went through and why they reacted as they did It doesn t glorify them it makes them human and it makes their actions comprehensible Glass relies on their diaries and poetry as well as fellow soldiers accounts There aren t any big names just common GI s but their stories are compelling Along the way you ll learn lots of inside information about the war and what it felt like physically and mentally

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The Deserters A Hidden History of World War II

Weiss an idealistic teenage volunteer from Brooklyn who forced his father a disillusioned First World War veteran to sign his enlistment papers because he was not yet eighteen On the Anzio beachhead and in the Ardennes forest as an infantryman with the 36th Division and as an accidental partisan in the French Resistance Weiss lost his illusions about the nobility of conflict and the infallibility of American commanders Far from the bright picture found in propaganda and nostalgia the Second World War was a grim and brutal affair a long and lonely effort that has never been fully reported to the detriment of those who served and the danger of those nurtured on false tales today Revealing the true costs of conflict on those forced to fight The Deserters is an elegant and unforgettable story of ordinary men desperately struggling in extraordinary time. excellent journalism Important subject that has been neglected WWII the Good War 50000000 Dead good war is an oxymoron At the end of the book Glass makes the statement to write of desertion by the greatest generation was a taboo Of course it s not that simple Until you walk in a man s combat boots best not to judge The Deserters A Hidden History of World War II Charles Glass published 2013 318 pages of text plus 44 pages of notesFrom the Introduction 150000 troops of US British and Commonwealth nations deserted during WWIIDeserters supplied the black market in Naples Rome and Paris contributing to critical material shortages at the front They were also responsible for much of the violence against the civilian populations specifically theft rape and murderAs background to the 77th during the First World War the Division was comprised of mostly immigrants The 77th sustained 2000 killed and 9000 wounded They had to fight for the privilege of having their Victory Parade in New York which was home for many of them 30% were Jewish Only through high pressure applied by New York politicians were the Division troops allowed their Victory Parade The official Manual of Instruction for Medical Advisory Boards in 1917 stated that the foreign born especially the Jews are apt to malinger than the native born The aristocratic President Wilson acted the same as any common Know Nothing in his disparagement of the immigrant He held a special contempt for black soldiers 1918 June to November 11th was the main combat period for the American Expeditionary Force My grandfather was amongst the troops Other than the fact that he had served as a sniper I know very little about his service A hard worker and a hard drinker he was a bane in my mom s life Most everyone is gone now The British and French troops spent 4 years in the trenchesGlass presents the stories of three soldiers who had deserted Through their stories mitigating circumstances are brought to bear Several themes emerge One of injustice for instance 14 members of the Rice football team were rejected for military service This treatment of the nation s favored sons was not atypical Our combat officers were often less than stellar As I had earlier stated the text needs to be read For me the book proved difficult to summarize Nothing like the statement about our officers is that simple The one digs for background the complicated it gets If this was just a matter of the past it would be of less importance Obviously we have continually ran into the same faults and errors during every war and police action we have engaged in And now look where we are at we have one of two major political parties thinking that treason is just jim dandy It s enough to make a person physically ill Fair treatment for immigrants in our all volunteer armed forces today anyone care to answer A short and to the point article from March 22 2006 The extended tours of duty during the Ira War are nothing new During WWII only 10% of the 77 million troops in Europe ever experienced heavy combat Some would be left at the front for over a year The human nervous system can only take so much It s in the book it varies by the individual it is an injusticeThe replacement soldier General George C Marshall s plan of convenience undermined morale the group loyalty of combat units evaporated My dad was exposed to this diabolical scheme Because you were the new guy the guy without a friend any hazardous duty was automatically yours Sometimes you would be purposely abandoned Dad was drafted and entered the war as a stateside motor pool instructor but once the end of the Third Reich was in sight all the Army schools were shut down and he was made an MP in the ruined chaotic landscape of Germany He survived his tour but lived through some nerve wracking nights The numbers US Army 77 million troops minus 32 million of the best who were placed in the Army s air force subtracting the support troops left some 750000 frontline troops who remained at the front with no respite The only way to escape was by death incapacitating injury capture or desertion Treason in northern France racketeering by AWOL troops in league with the black market caused critical shortages to the Allied war effort Petrol looting stopped Patton s tanks The Army had to post guards on its supply trains thereby using up even of the already scarce manpower On pages 264 268 the rank injustice of the US Army judicial system is evidenced by the discrimination against the black troops The firing suad was reserved for military crimes such as falling asleep while on guard duty crimes such as murder rape were punished by hanging Of the 80 men executed by hanging during WWII 55 were black This number is way out of proportion to the makeup by race of the army 85% of the US Army was black yet they accounted for 79% of all capital crimes Not only was this measurement of justice mismanaged but the very act of hanging was not carried out professionally The condemned men were tortured to death by strangulation 15 minutes or by a half wit Texan who volunteered for the job of hangman because of his purported expertise He probably was an expert at torture The first hand account was provided by Steve Weiss a trooper who was forced to assist Weiss was one of the three deserters whose personal account is related by Glass This write up is probably coming off as half witted Please read the book as anything I contribute is a garbled farce compared to Glass s writing Page 270 Treating combat exhaustion through courts martial was proving to be a failure We are a nation of supercilious assholes whose first reaction to most any problem is to reach for a cudgel Onward Christian soldier I will probably order this book Vernon Scannell is John Vernon Bain one of the three deserters profiled by Glass Bain went on to become a poet of some renownAlfred T Whitehead is the remaining deserter He trained at Camp McCoy Wisconsin we just had a family reunion at the Camp McCoy Pine View Campgrounds and is buried at Coon Prairie Cemetery in Westby Wisconsin again not far from where I sit Whitehead had been in combat continuously from D Day through 30 December 1944 and had earned the Silver Star two bronze stars Combat Infantry Badge and Distinguished Unit Citation So much pathos in all three of the stories Fire and Desire unforgettable story of ordinary men desperately struggling in extraordinary time. excellent journalism Important subject that has been neglected WWII the Good War 50000000 Dead good war is an oxymoron At the end of the book Glass makes the statement to write of desertion by the greatest generation was a taboo Of course it s not that simple Until you walk in a man s combat boots best not to judge The Deserters A Hidden History of World War II Charles Glass published 2013 318 pages of text plus 44 pages of notesFrom the Introduction 150000 troops of US British and Commonwealth nations deserted during WWIIDeserters supplied the black market in Naples Rome and Paris contributing to critical material shortages at the front They were also responsible for much of the violence against the civilian populations specifically theft rape and murderAs background to the 77th during the First World War the Division was comprised of mostly immigrants The 77th sustained 2000 killed and 9000 wounded They had to fight for the privilege of having their Victory Parade in New York which was home for many of them 30% were Jewish Only through high pressure applied by New York politicians were the Division troops allowed their Victory Parade The official Manual of Instruction for Medical Advisory Boards in 1917 stated that the foreign born especially the Jews are apt to malinger than the native born The aristocratic President Wilson acted the same as any common Know Nothing in his disparagement of the immigrant He held a special contempt for black soldiers 1918 June to November 11th was the main combat period for the American Expeditionary Force My grandfather was amongst the troops Other than the fact that he had served as a sniper I know very little about his service A hard worker and a hard drinker he was a bane in my mom s life Most everyone is gone now The British and French troops spent 4 years in the trenchesGlass presents the stories of three soldiers who had deserted Through their stories mitigating circumstances are brought to bear Several themes emerge One of injustice for instance 14 members of the Rice football team were rejected for military service This treatment of the nation s favored sons was not atypical Our combat officers were often less than stellar As I had earlier stated the text needs to be read For me the book proved difficult to summarize Nothing like the statement about our officers is that simple The one digs for background the complicated it gets If this was just a matter of the past it would be of less importance Obviously we have continually ran into the same faults and errors during every war and police action we have engaged in And now look where we are at we have one of two major political parties thinking that treason is just jim dandy It s enough to make a person physically ill Fair treatment for immigrants in our all volunteer armed forces today anyone care to answer A short and to the point article from March 22 2006 The extended tours of duty during the Ira War are nothing new During WWII only 10% of the 77 million troops in Europe ever experienced heavy combat Some would be left at the front for over a year The human nervous system can only take so much It s in the book it varies by the individual it is an injusticeThe replacement soldier General George C Marshall s plan of convenience The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox undermined morale the group loyalty of combat The Illusionists units evaporated My dad was exposed to this diabolical scheme Because you were the new guy the guy without a friend any hazardous duty was automatically yours Sometimes you would be purposely abandoned Dad was drafted and entered the war as a stateside motor pool instructor but once the end of the Third Reich was in sight all the Army schools were shut down and he was made an MP in the ruined chaotic landscape of Germany He survived his tour but lived through some nerve wracking nights The numbers US Army 77 million troops minus 32 million of the best who were placed in the Army s air force subtracting the support troops left some 750000 frontline troops who remained at the front with no respite The only way to escape was by death incapacitating injury capture or desertion Treason in northern France racketeering by AWOL troops in league with the black market caused critical shortages to the Allied war effort Petrol looting stopped Patton s tanks The Army had to post guards on its supply trains thereby Planet of the Bugs using Fishes of the Open Ocean up even of the already scarce manpower On pages 264 268 the rank injustice of the US Army judicial system is evidenced by the discrimination against the black troops The firing suad was reserved for military crimes such as falling asleep while on guard duty crimes such as murder rape were punished by hanging Of the 80 men executed by hanging during WWII 55 were black This number is way out of proportion to the makeup by race of the army 85% of the US Army was black yet they accounted for 79% of all capital crimes Not only was this measurement of justice mismanaged but the very act of hanging was not carried out professionally The condemned men were tortured to death by strangulation 15 minutes or by a half wit Texan who volunteered for the job of hangman because of his purported expertise He probably was an expert at torture The first hand account was provided by Steve Weiss a trooper who was forced to assist Weiss was one of the three deserters whose personal account is related by Glass This write Out of Bounds (Boundaries, up is probably coming off as half witted Please read the book as anything I contribute is a garbled farce compared to Glass s writing Page 270 Treating combat exhaustion through courts martial was proving to be a failure We are a nation of supercilious assholes whose first reaction to most any problem is to reach for a cudgel Onward Christian soldier I will probably order this book Vernon Scannell is John Vernon Bain one of the three deserters profiled by Glass Bain went on to become a poet of some renownAlfred T Whitehead is the remaining deserter He trained at Camp McCoy Wisconsin we just had a family reunion at the Camp McCoy Pine View Campgrounds and is buried at Coon Prairie Cemetery in Westby Wisconsin again not far from where I sit Whitehead had been in combat continuously from D Day through 30 December 1944 and had earned the Silver Star two bronze stars Combat Infantry Badge and Distinguished Unit Citation So much pathos in all three of the stories

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Their deeds form the backbone of Glass’s arresting portrait of soldiers pushed to the breaking point a sweeping reexamination of the conditions for ordinary soldiers With the grace and pace of a novel The Deserters moves beyond the false extremes of courage and cowardice to reveal the true experience of the frontline soldier Glass shares the story of men like Private Alfred Whitehead a Tennessee farm boy who earned Silver and Bronze Stars for bravery in Normandy yet became a gangster in liberated Paris robbing Allied supply depots along with ordinary citizens Here also is the story of British men like Private John Bain who deserted three times but never fled from combat and who endured battles in North Africa and northern France before German machine guns cut his legs from under him The heart of The Deserters resides with men like Private Steve. The Greatest Generation Well not exactly Before reading this book I was not aware that 150000 American and British soldiers deserted in the European Theater Or that 38000 American officers and men were court martialed for seeking to avoid hazardous duty by dishonorable means From 1944 to 1946 Allied deserters ran the black market economies of Naples Rome and Paris They plundered Allied supply convoys at gunpoint deprived Patton of gasoline on his drive to Germany and left their comrades at the front short of food blankets ammunition and other vital supplies In Italy deserters drove trucks of looted Allied euipment for the Mafia One deserter in Paris led a gang that robbed extorted and murdered French citizens Rampaging American deserters raped and robbed at will Racketeering American deserters hijacked trucks on highways once getting an army safe with 133000 in it and fought gun battles with French police Hunting down deserters became a major operation for the American military police during the advance in Europe Not all deserters were so notorious however Private Wayne Powers deserted hid in a French farm house fell in love with a French farm girl had five children with her and wasn t found by the MPs until 1958 He was then tried and sentenced to ten years hard labor But the outpouring of letters in his support allowed him to be released at which point he finally married the mother of his five children and uickly had a sixth In many ways it s a sad book but perhaps it s one that can offer a balanced view to the hagiographic books written about the men who fought in The Good War


10 thoughts on “The Deserters A Hidden History of World War II

  1. says:

    I've always heard World War II vets referred to as gung ho dedicated soldiers This look at WWII shatters some of those myths not just about the

  2. says:

    Didn't really live up to the title More like stories about deserters designed to make you feel sorry for them The last th

  3. says:

    I could have sworn William S Burroughs was dead but evidently the publishing industry has revived him pumped him up with el

  4. says:

    There is a uote in this book that is worth thinking about Each man no matter how strong mentally and physically

  5. says:

    Much has been written about the deserters of the First World War the lack of understanding of shell shock the executions at dawn and the campai

  6. says:

    The Greatest Generation? Well not exactly Before reading this book I was not aware that 150000 American and British soldiers deserted in the European Theater Or that 38000 American officers and men were court martialed for seeking to avoid hazardous duty by dishonorable means From 1944 to 1946 Allied deserters ran the black market economies of Naples Rome and Paris They plundered Allied supply convoys at gunpoint deprived Patton

  7. says:

    Well this was one of those books for me where 3 stars seems too low but 4 stars is too high I found the title to be somewhat misleading it was one of those books I just grabbed off the library shelf on the way out the door without knowing anything about it other than what was on the front cover Anyway I was expecting much of a mac

  8. says:

    excellent journalism Important subject that has been neglected WWII the Good War 50000000 Dead; good war is an oxymoron At

  9. says:

    I found this book difficult to read till about half way through when it got a bit better The book is very interesting and shines light on the issue of desertion in World War 2 on the Western Allied side but it is not my kinda book glad it's finished so I can start a new bookAlso the writers inclusion of the on

  10. says:

    A look at the reality of what it cost to win the Second World War This book uses the stories of three soldiers one British and two American who ran afoul of the system's treatment of those soldiers who deserted as a reaction to battle fatigue PTSD Along the way you will learn about the incompetence of the medical evaluation of these men and

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