The Winter Army by Maurice Isserman audiobook

The Winter Army: The World War II Odyssey of the 10th Mountain Division, America's Elite Alpine Warriors

By Maurice Isserman
Read by Brian Troxell

HMH Audio 9781328871435
9.50 Hours Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9780358297000

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    ISBN: 9781094064130

The epic story of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division, whose elite soldiers broke the last line of German defenses in Italy’s mountains in 1945, spearheading the Allied advance to the Alps and final victory. At the start of World War II, the US Army had two cavalry divisions—and no mountain troops. The German Wehrmacht, in contrast, had many well-trained and battle-hardened mountain divisions, some of whom by 1943 blocked the Allied advance in the Italian campaign. Starting from scratch, the US Army developed a unique military fighting force, the 10th Mountain Division, drawn from the ranks of civilian skiers, mountaineers, and others with outdoor experience. The resulting mix of Ivy League students, park rangers, Olympic skiers, and European refugees formed the first specialized alpine fighting force in US history. By the time it deployed to Italy at the beginning of 1945, this ragtag group had coalesced into a tight-knit unit. In the months that followed, at a terrible cost, they spearheaded the Allied drive in Italy to final victory. Ranging from the ski slopes of Colorado to the towering cliffs of the Italian Alps, The Winter Army is a saga of an unlikely band of soldiers forged in the heat of combat into a brotherhood whose legacy lives on in US mountain fighters to this day.  

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The epic story of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division, whose elite soldiers broke the last line of German defenses in Italy’s mountains in 1945, spearheading the Allied advance to the Alps and final victory.

At the start of World War II, the US Army had two cavalry divisions—and no mountain troops. The German Wehrmacht, in contrast, had many well-trained and battle-hardened mountain divisions, some of whom by 1943 blocked the Allied advance in the Italian campaign. Starting from scratch, the US Army developed a unique military fighting force, the 10th Mountain Division, drawn from the ranks of civilian skiers, mountaineers, and others with outdoor experience. The resulting mix of Ivy League students, park rangers, Olympic skiers, and European refugees formed the first specialized alpine fighting force in US history. By the time it deployed to Italy at the beginning of 1945, this ragtag group had coalesced into a tight-knit unit. In the months that followed, at a terrible cost, they spearheaded the Allied drive in Italy to final victory.

Ranging from the ski slopes of Colorado to the towering cliffs of the Italian Alps, The Winter Army is a saga of an unlikely band of soldiers forged in the heat of combat into a brotherhood whose legacy lives on in US mountain fighters to this day.
 

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“Gripping, masterful, and moving.” Flint Whitlock, coauthor of Soldiers on Skis

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Author Bio: Maurice Isserman

Author Bio: Maurice Isserman

Maurice Isserman is the Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of History at Hamilton College. He is the author or coauthor of several critically acclaimed works of historical nonfiction, including The Other American, On the Hill, America Divided, and the prizewinning Fallen Giants. In addition to his scholarly work, Maurice’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Nation, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, among other publications.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 9.50
Audience: Adult
Language: English