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Battle Hardened, an action-packed World War II memoir, details one infantryman's campaign across Northern Europe. The subject of this memoir, Lieutenant Bill Chapman, was my father. Beyond the personal stories and combat recollections, this book describes the day-to-day movements and actions of his infantry battalion from the Normandy hedgerows to the forests of Southern Germany. The narrative illuminates the vicious combat in places like Montebourg, Mortain, Schnee Eifel, and Simmringen Woods. The book is more than a small unit history. It provides a hard-edged ground-level appraisal of the successes and failures of American forces against the Nazi war machine.
"I spent 15 months in the European Theater of Operations and participated in all the campaigns that Craig depicted. I can attest that Battle Hardened is one of the most realistic books written since 1944-45." Sgt. Maj. Jack Port
"Craig has done an outstanding job of presenting the challenges that our fathers and their men faced during the war…The book’s focus on platoon and company level operations, allows the reader to gain an excellent understanding of what war is like at the lowest level." Robert H. Crocker
“Craig Chapman combines the descriptive skill of a novelist with the precision of a historian to produce a uniquely memorable account of his father's WWII experiences.” Thomas Burns
“This book does an outstanding job of conveying the fear, bravery, exhaustion, physical discomfort, and constant level of anxiety endured by the combat infantryman.” Thomas G. Matowitz, Jr.
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