By Ulysses S. Grant

ISBN-10: 1598531190

ISBN-13: 9781598531190

20 years after Appomattox, tormented by melanoma and dealing with bankruptcy, Ulysses S. supply wrote his own Memoirs to safe his family's destiny. in doing so, the Civil War's maximum normal gained himself a different position in American letters.

His personality, intelligence, experience of goal, and easy compassion are obvious all through this brilliant and deeply relocating account, which has been acclaimed by means of readers as varied as Mark Twain, Matthew Arnold, Gertrude Stein, and Edmund Wilson.

Annotated and whole with special maps, conflict plans, and facsimiles reproduced from the unique version, this quantity deals an unprecedented vantage at the such a lot poor, relocating, and inexhaustibly interesting occasion in American background.

Included are 174 letters, a lot of them to his spouse, Julia, which provide an intimate view in their affectionate and enduring marriage.

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The Atlantic Wall For the famous “Desert Fox”, time was of the essence. When he toured France on an inspection of the Atlantic Wall coastal defences during December 1943, Rommel was far from impressed. France had long been a backwater of the war. It was where German units would be sent to recuperate after suffering a mauling in Russia. After being appointed commander of the invasion coast, which stretched from the French border to northern Holland, Rommel had been trying to knock the last vestiges of complacency out of his rag-tag collection of just under 60 divisions.

The school and university systems were fertile recruiting ground for the Nazi Party, and the indoctrination of those youngsters was a major objective for Hitler’s henchmen. The outbreak of war accelerated this process of indoctrination. Once the Allied bombers started raiding major German cities in massive numbers from late 1942 onwards, the German people could see for themselves what little pity they would evoke from such a ruthless enemy. In the aftermath and carnage of the mass bombings, it was easy for Hitler’s propaganda genius, Josef Goebbels, to declare total war and for German civilians to be swept along by his enthusiasm for the conflict.

The corps-level firepower was provided by Nebelwerfer multiple rocket launchers. Tactics Their experience of three brutal campaign seasons in Russia had transformed the Waffen-SS panzer divisions into some of the most professional armoured formations the world has ever seen. Under experienced commanders – such as Hausser, Dietrich, Bittrich, Kurt “Panzer” Meyer and Jochen Peiper – the Waffen-SS panzer divisions were trained up and inspired to become masters of their art. Central to German armoured doctrine was the idea of the all-arms battle group (or Kampfgruppe).

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