A Critical Look Into "Citizen Soldiers" by Stephen E. Ambrose

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This book vividly portrays many aspects of our war to rid the world of tyranny in the 1940’s. More specifically, this war known as World War II, possessed soldiers of a different kind. They were not the expertly trained Spartans of ancient times, but instead were average citizens fresh out of high school being drafted into this worldly conflict. The term “ Citizen Soldier” as well as the title of this book, is in itself an oxymoron. As one enters the military, they are no longer citizens of the United States but are assets to its military. Rights as a citizen are lost, and the democratic views once known to a person begin to diminish, but always prevail. This book tells the tale of soldiers that were victorious due to the fact that their democratic thinking and free-minds as citizens carried over into the field of battle.

World War II was an ever-changing war, in its battles in the ETO (European Theater of Operations )as well as the Pacific Theater.

To completely summarize this episode of history from Normandy to the end in an efficient way would be entirely impossible. This book, however, places these historical events in a fashion that can be easily understood as well as remembered. The main characters are introduced very early on as: Hitler of Germany, Montgomery of Canada, Churchill of Great Britain, and Eisenhower of the United States. The battle on the beaches of Normandy, also known as “ D-day” , is quite possibly one of the most important battles of significance in the war. The mission was to invade upon the Beaches of Normandy as well as take control of ports all along the French coast. This was vital for the reason that it gave the Allies a place to bring in...