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Excellent WW2 Narrative
The book, by Jenkins, The Last Ridge: The Epic Story of America's First Mountain Soldiers and the Assault on Hitler's Europe is a well-written narrative about a Division whose skill in difficult terrain has been tapped once again in the current conflict in Afghanistan. The training and experiences of the 10th were unique and, as I learned, several of the men involved returned and left a lasting impact on US winter and summer mountain recreation. Anyone familiar with modern backpacking gear and garb will shudder at the description of these guys in their woolen pants and rag socks, carrying canvas rucksacks. On 7 foot skis to boot!
The story of the Italian campaign is a page-turner. This part of the war is not, I believe, well-known, or at least the story hasn't been repeated in multiple books and films, so it was an eye-opener as well. The tragedy and brutality remain mind-numbing.
The DVD documentary is a good introduction, but not a replacement, for the book. This is a story that should be bought as a combo. The DVD lacks the depth and detail of the book, you will miss a lot of the story if you only watch the DVD. The DVD does give you interviews and first-person accounts with Division members, you can use your imagination to imagine them as soldiers 60 years ago. Also, be sure to watch the features, they add considerably to the documentary. If you only have 45 minutes to give to the topic, buy the DVD. But you will do better to consume the printed version as well.
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Actually I have not watched this yet. Will let ...
By Deanna J. Cody
Actually I have not watched this yet. Will let you know when I do. I think it will be very interesting and impressive.
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By Constance Esler
My father never talks about his time with the 10th Mtn. Division. This is a way for my siblings and I to know of our father's service and bravery as a 19 year old man. We are very proud of him as he is now 90.