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The Liberator - One World War II Soldier's 500-day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau

Alex Kershaw

The true story of the bloodiest and most dramatic march to victory of the Second World War: the battlefield odyssey of a maverick U.S. Army officer and his infantry unit as they fought for over five hundred days to liberate Europe - from the invasion of Italy to the gates of Dachau. From July 10, 1943, the date of the Allied landing in Sicily, to May 8, 1945, when victory in Europe was declared - the entire time it took to liberate Europe - no regiment saw more action, and no single platoon, company, or battalion endured worse, than the ones commanded by Felix Sparks, who had entered the war as a greenhorn second lieutenant of the 157th "Eager for Duty" Infantry Regiment of the 45th "Thunderbird" Division. Sparks and his fellow Thunderbirds fought longest and hardest to defeat Hitler, often against his most fanatical troops, when the odds on the battlefield were even and the fortunes of the Allies hung in the balance - and when the difference between defeat and victory was a matter of character, not tactics or armor. Drawing on extensive interviews with Sparks and dozens of his men, as well as over five years of research in Europe and in archives across the US, historian Alex Kershaw masterfully recounts one of the most inspiring and heroic journeys in military history. Over the course of four amphibious invasions, Sparks rose from captain to colonel as he battled from the beaches of Sicily through the mountains of Italy and France, ultimately enduring bitter and desperate winter combat against the diehard SS on the Fatherland's borders. Though he lost all of his company to save the Allied beach-head at Anzio and an entire battalion in the dark forests of the Vosges, Sparks miraculously survived the long bloody march across Europe and was selected to lead a final charge to Bavaria to hunt down Adolf Hitler. In the dying days of the Third Reich, Sparks and his men crossed the last great barrier in the West, the Rhine, only to experience some of the most intense street fighting and close combat suffered by Ameri

The true story of the bloodiest and most dramatic march to victory of the Second World War: the battlefield odyssey of a maverick U.S. Army officer and his infantry unit as they fought for over five hundred days to liberate Europe - from the invasion of Italy to the gates of Dachau. From July 10, 1943, the date of the Allied landing in Sicily, to May 8, 1945, when victory in Europe was declared - the entire time it took to liberate Europe - no regiment saw more action, and no single platoon, company, or battalion endured worse, than the ones commanded by Felix Sparks, who had entered the war as a greenhorn second lieutenant of the 157th "Eager for Duty" Infantry Regiment of the 45th "Thunderbird" Division. Sparks and his fellow Thunderbirds fought longest and hardest to defeat Hitler, often against his most fanatical troops, when the odds on the battlefield were even and the fortunes of the Allies hung in the balance - and when the difference between defeat and victory was a matter of character, not tactics or armor. Drawing on extensive interviews with Sparks and dozens of his men, as well as over five years of research in Europe and in archives across the US, historian Alex Kershaw masterfully recounts one of the most inspiring and heroic journeys in military history. Over the course of four amphibious invasions, Sparks rose from captain to colonel as he battled from the beaches of Sicily through the mountains of Italy and France, ultimately enduring bitter and desperate winter combat against the diehard SS on the Fatherland's borders. Though he lost all of his company to save the Allied beach-head at Anzio and an entire battalion in the dark forests of the Vosges, Sparks miraculously survived the long bloody march across Europe and was selected to lead a final charge to Bavaria to hunt down Adolf Hitler. In the dying days of the Third Reich, Sparks and his men crossed the last great barrier in the West, the Rhine, only to experience some of the most intense street fighting and close combat suffered by Ameri
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The true story of the bloodiest and most dramatic march to victory of the Second World War: the battlefield odyssey of a maverick U.S. Army officer and his infantry unit as they fought for over five hundred days to liberate Europe - from the invasion of Italy to the gates of Dachau. From July 10, 1943, the date of the Allied landing in Sicily, to May 8, 1945, when victory in Europe was declared - the entire time it took to liberate Europe - no regiment saw more action, and no single platoon, company, or battalion endured worse, than the ones commanded by Felix Sparks, who had entered the war as a greenhorn second lieutenant of the 157th "Eager for Duty" Infantry Regiment of the 45th "Thunderbird" Division. Sparks and his fellow Thunderbirds fought longest and hardest to defeat Hitler, often against his most fanatical troops, when the odds on the battlefield were even and the fortunes of the Allies hung in the balance - and when the difference between defeat and victory was a matter of character, not tactics or armor. Drawing on extensive interviews with Sparks and dozens of his men, as well as over five years of research in Europe and in archives across the US, historian Alex Kershaw masterfully recounts one of the most inspiring and heroic journeys in military history. Over the course of four amphibious invasions, Sparks rose from captain to colonel as he battled from the beaches of Sicily through the mountains of Italy and France, ultimately enduring bitter and desperate winter combat against the diehard SS on the Fatherland's borders. Though he lost all of his company to save the Allied beach-head at Anzio and an entire battalion in the dark forests of the Vosges, Sparks miraculously survived the long bloody march across Europe and was selected to lead a final charge to Bavaria to hunt down Adolf Hitler. In the dying days of the Third Reich, Sparks and his men crossed the last great barrier in the West, the Rhine, only to experience some of the most intense street fighting and close combat suffered by Ameri

Language:

English

Narrators:

Fred Sanders

Length:

11h 5m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:06


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:11


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:07


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:43


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:58


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:42


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:48


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:10


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

10:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:41


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:52


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:03


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:37


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:53


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:43


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:36


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:43


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:19


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:22


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:59


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:44


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:04


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:45


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:58


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:57


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:47


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:31


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:20


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:26


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:37


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:51


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:35


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:53


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:15


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:23


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:34


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:22


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:02


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:06


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:20


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:46


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:52


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:07


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:54


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:56


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:25


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

09:37


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:35


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

09:16


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:52


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:09


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:52


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

09:47


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:05


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:48


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:56


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:24


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:05


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:47


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:37


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:13


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

09:32


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:37


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:06


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:01


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:59


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

09:22


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

09:07


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:40


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

09:32


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:33


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

09:05


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:47


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:55


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:53


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:39


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:08


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:57


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:46


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:37


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:14


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:55


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:56


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:07


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

09:50


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:42


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:42


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:38


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

09:21


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:45


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:33


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

00:39