>From the hedgerows of Normandy to the overrunning of Germany, Stephen E. Ambrose tells the real story of World War II from the perspective of the men who fought it. By explaining the story of the "GIs, junior officers and enlisted men" (Ambrose 14) who, in 1944 and 1945, proved Hitler wrong by driving his Wehrmacht back from the beaches of Normandy to the heart of Germany.
As the name implies, Citizen Soldiers is not so much a study on tactical moves as it is on the citizen soldier from all parts of the United States. The book concentrates on the American GI Joe and not the Allies as a whole. The epic drama of the European Theater of Operation (ETO) is told by Ambrose by following, almost step by step, various individuals and outfits among the tens of thousands of young Allied soldiers who broke away from the deadly beaches of Normandy and swept across France to Ardennes, fought the Battle of the Bulge, captured the bridge at Remagen, and crossed the Rhine to final victory in Europe.
Ambrose observes that the U.S. broke the Nazi war machine with massive aerial bombing, artillery, and the great mobility of attacking tanks and infantry. But, he argues, it was not technology but the bravery and character of the young GIs that
learned something major everyday and unfortunately in time of war you learn with the most ultimate price of human life. Ambrose goes on to prove my point on how the U. Resulting into withdraw after withdraw, which lead into another German tactic. Sure the United States had been in War's before with rough and unpredictable terrain, but this time they had new equipment therefore resulting into new tactics. However, in spite of courage's and hellish battles that extended into our favor, victory came to slow and resulted into what Ambrose called a "reckless operation" (Baxter 148) and "the pain of the loss of these good men was compounded by t!he knowledge that nothing had been gained" (Ambrose 131). found them selves in the what is referred as the hedgerows of France. Military would have to change from traditional tactics to day by day tactics and situation upon situation tactics. It is from this battle that I have learned how the United State Military considers a operation equilivlant to that of a four quarter basketball or football game. Yet as Ambrose explain!s the Germans could just not tactically keep the Allies in check with reinforcements.