Typewriter Battalion: Dramatic Front-Line Dispatches from World War II

Jack Stenbuck, Editor, Walter Cronkite, Introduction by
Jack Stenbuck, Editor, Walter Cronkite, Introduction by William Morrow & Company $23 (397p) ISBN 978-0-688-14190-5
Reviewed on: 05/29/1995
Release date: 06/01/1995
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This exciting collection of 73 dispatches from all the major, and many of the minor, WWII theaters captures the high drama, valor and sacrifice of the 1941-1945 conflict from the American viewpoint, beginning with Joseph C. Harsch's eyewitness report of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which appeared in the Christian Science Monitor on Dec. 7, 1941, and ending with Kingsbury Smith's account, sent over the INS wires on Aug. 16, 1946, of the hanging of Nazi war criminals. Other memorable pieces are Ernie Pyle's requiem for a beloved company commander, ``The Death of Captain Waskow,'' John M. Carlisle's revealing look at the legendary General George S. Patton in the midst of battle and Milton Bracker's description of the ritual mutilation of dictator Benito Mussolini's corpse in Milan by Italian citizens. A few of the dispatches focus on the vulnerability of the correspondents themselves, such as George Weller's ``Flight from Java'' and Richard Tregaskis's account of being seriously wounded. Stenbuck was the general circulation director for the Hearst newspapers. (June)
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