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The Crash of Ruin

American Combat Soldiers in Europe during World War II

  • Authors
  • Peter Schrijvers
Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Nature

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Peter Schrijvers
      Pages 3-25
  3. The Soldiers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Peter Schrijvers
      Pages 29-30
    3. Peter Schrijvers
      Pages 31-49
    4. Peter Schrijvers
      Pages 50-99
  4. The Civilians

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Peter Schrijvers
      Pages 103-108
    3. Peter Schrijvers
      Pages 109-148
    4. Peter Schrijvers
      Pages 149-190
    5. Peter Schrijvers
      Pages 191-217
    6. Peter Schrijvers
      Pages 218-248
  5. The Apocalypse

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Peter Schrijvers
      Pages 251-264
    3. Peter Schrijvers
      Pages 265-267
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 268-325

About this book

Introduction

This book offers a compelling account of how America's combat soldiers experienced Europe during World War II. It paints a vivid picture of the GIs' struggles with its natural surroundings, their confrontations with its soldiers, their encounters with its civilians, and their reactions to uncovering the holocaust. The book shows how these harrowing experiences convinced the American soldiers that Europe's collapse was not just the result of the war, but also of the Old World's deep-seated political cynicism, economic stagnation, and cultural decadence.

Keywords

Europe Front Genocide Holocaust nation World War II

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