To Hell and Back

Audie Murphy; Foreword by Tom Brokaw

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Originally published in 1949, To Hell and Back was an enormous bestseller and later became a major motion picture starring Audie Murphy as himself. More than fifty years later, this classic wartime memoir is as gripping as ever.

Rejected from both the marines and the paratroopers because he was too small, Murphy was desperate to see action and determined to serve his country. Eventually, he found a home with the infantry and fought through campaigns in Sicily, Italy, France, and Germany. Although still under twenty-one years old on V-E Day, he was credited with having killed, captured, or wounded 240 Germans. He emerged from the war as America's most decorated soldier, having received twenty-one medals, including our highest military decoration, the Congressional Medal of Honor.


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1ON a hill just inland from the invasion beaches of Sicily, a soldier sits on a rock. His helmet is off; and the hot sunshine glints through his coppery hair. With the sleeve of his shirt he wipes the sweat from his face; then with chin in palm he leans forward in thought.The company is taking a break. We sprawl upon the slope, loosen the straps of our gear, and gaze at the blue sky. It is my first day of combat; and so far the action of the unit has been undramatic and disappointingly slow.Just trust the army to get things fouled up. If the landing schedule had not gone snafu,
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  • Audie Murphy; Foreword by Tom Brokaw

  • Audie Murphy was the most decorated American soldier of World War II. He went on to a long film career, starring in The Red Badge of Courage, The Quiet American, and his own To Hell and Back. He was killed in a plane crash in 1971 at the age of forty-six.