This prequel to The American GI in Europe in World War II: D-Day: Storming Ashore (978-0-8117-0454-0) details American involvement in World War II from Pearl Harbor to the preparations for D-Day, June 6, 1944. Weaving together veterans' testimonies, the Kaufmanns capture the complete experience of the individual soldier from stateside training to overseas combat. This volume covers not only recruiting and training, but also combat in North Africa, Sicily and Italy, the Battle of the Atlantic, and the air war over Europe.
J. E. Kaufmann is a freelance researcher. He has published several books on fortifications and is the founder of Site O, an international group devoted to the study of fortifications. He lives in Texas. H. W. Kaufmann is an instructor at San Antonio College. He lives in Texas.