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Home Front to Battlefront is the tale of a foot soldier who finds himself thrust into a world where he and his unit grapple with the horrors of combat, the idiocies of bureaucracy, and the oddities of life back home - all in the same day. It is based on Carl's personal letters, his recollections, and those of the people he served beside, official military history, private papers, and more.
Home Front to Battlefront contributes the rich details of one soldier's experience to the broader literature on World War II. Lavin's adventures, in turn disarming and sobering, will appeal to general listeners, veterans, educators, and students of the war.
As a history, the audiobook offers insight into the wartime career of a Jewish Ohioan in the military, from enlistment to training through overseas deployment. As a biography, it reflects the emotions and the role of the individual in a total war effort that is all too often thought of as a machine war in which human soldiers were merely interchangeable cogs.
Published by Ohio University Press.
"If you like American history, or military history, or just a good narrative yarn, do check out "Home Front to Battlefront." - Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard
"Carl Lavin's combined letters and memoir are an invaluable contribution to the literature on the American G.I.'s experiences in World War II." - Peter S. Kindsvatter, author of American Soldiers: Ground Combat in the World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam
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By Thole Barbara LCM on 03-08-18
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I thoroughly enjoyed Frank Lavin's account of his father's time in the Second World war. It is beautifully written and takes you into one person's on the ground experience of what it was like to go to war as a 19 year old.
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