A rarely frank account of the US infantry experience in northern Europe. The author takes the reader from the beaches of Normandy through the giddy drive across France to the brutal battles on the West Wall the Ardennes and finally the conquest of Germany itself. A rifleman first and foremost the author was also a German speaker called upon for interrogations and special duties. He was also a combat lifeguard and played a key role in successive river crossings. An astute observer he relates dozens of fascinating insights into the campaign from dealing with German snipers to intoxicated French women as well as relying the often morbid humour of combat.