Autumn had been unseasonably warm. But last week snow fell—in Connecticut and Wyoming. It also fell on the western front—on the Allies and the enemy, on the trucks and tanks, the artillery and the infantry, on the homeless living and on the uncaring dead.

The Big Push was on, bigger in numbers of U.S. soldiers than any in this war, bigger in shells and bombs and obliteration than that of any war. The September optimists, in & out of the Army, had been wrong. Only a military miracle could now bring V-E day...

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