The Crash of Ruin: American Combat Soldiers in Europe During World War II

The Crash of Ruin American Combat Soldiers in Europe During World War II In the ruined Europe of World War II American soldiers on the front lines had no eye for breathtaking vistas or romantic settings The brutality of battle profoundly darkened their perceptions of the

  • Title: The Crash of Ruin: American Combat Soldiers in Europe During World War II
  • Author: Peter Schrijvers
  • ISBN: 9780814798072
  • Page: 139
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the ruined Europe of World War II, American soldiers on the front lines had no eye for breathtaking vistas or romantic settings The brutality of battle profoundly darkened their perceptions of the Old World As the only means of international travel for the masses, the military exposed millions of Americans to a Europe in swift, catastrophic decline.Drawing on soldiersIn the ruined Europe of World War II, American soldiers on the front lines had no eye for breathtaking vistas or romantic settings The brutality of battle profoundly darkened their perceptions of the Old World As the only means of international travel for the masses, the military exposed millions of Americans to a Europe in swift, catastrophic decline.Drawing on soldiers diaries, letters, poems, and songs, Peter Schrijvers offers a compelling account of the experiences of U.S combat ground forces their struggles with the European terrain and seasons, their confrontations with soldiers, and their often startling encounters with civilians Schrijvers relays how the GIs became so desensitized and dehumanized that the sight of dead animals often evoked compassion than the sight of enemy dead.The Crash of Ruin concludes with a dramatic and moving account of the final Allied offensive into German held territory and the soldiers bearing witness to the ultimate symbol of Europe s descent into ruin the death camps of the Holocaust.The harrowing experiences of the GIs convinced them that Europe s collapse was not only the result of the war, but also the Old World s deep seated political cynicism, economic stagnation, and cultural decadence The soldiers came to believe that the plague of war formed an inseparable part of the Old World s decline and fall.

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    About “Peter Schrijvers

    • Peter Schrijvers

      Dr Peter Schrijvers 1963 is a Belgian academic and writer of history books He earned a masters degree in Modern History from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Catholic University of Leuven an a PhD in US Diplomatic and Military History from the Ohio State University.Today 2014 he is a Senior Lecturer American and international history at the School of Humanities and Languages, University of New South Wales in Sydney.Peter Schrijvers mainly writes academic books in English.



    113 thoughts on “The Crash of Ruin: American Combat Soldiers in Europe During World War II

    • An interesting social history, The Crash of Ruin explores the American soldiers' perceptions of the people and places they encountered in Europe.


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