PHOTOGRAPHER, PARATROOPER, POW
A Wyoming Cowboy in Hitler’s Germany
by M. Carroll
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 06 Jun 2016 | Archive Date 30 Nov 2021
“Darling, you haunt me. Every time I sit down for even a minute with nothing to occupy me immediately I want to start a letter to you...”
War era correspondence and 70 year old photographs depict an age of heroism and innocence. PHOTOGRAPHER, PARATROOPER, POW: A Wyoming Cowboy in Hitler’s Germany tells the story of three brothers who leave their Wyoming home to fight in World War II. This historical narrative begins with the westward expansion of a tough breed of immigrants, and ends with the rendition of Harold Carroll’s many harrowing escapes from Nazi prisoner of war camps, mostly described in his own words.
Family histories, military experiences, personal desires, photos, and war-time correspondence subtly communicate the angst and awe of an era. Judiciously saved by one of America’s first paratroopers, a combat photographer, and a prisoner of war whose stubborn tenacity saved him repeatedly from execution at the hands of the Nazis; and meticulously compiled by the author into a rich saga that allows glimpses into our colorful & troubled past.
“This book relates a compelling story, skillfully written. It is a must read for those who love history and especially those fascinated by World War II history.”
~ Marsha Henry Goff, author of Darby’s Rangers Historic Last Stand at Cisterna; http://www.jestforgrins.com/
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Average rating from 7 members
Amazing. Truly a case of a picture telling a thousand words. Through these images, I felt a real sense for what life must have been like. I hope books like this will keep a dark period in our history alive so we will not see it repeated.
A 'lost' canister of photographs not developed until 2006... a POW... and a fascinating family history. This is a pretty incredible collection of stories, letters and photographs, woven together by M. Carroll. From Wyoming to Germany and back. Three brothers go to war, only two return. What a journey! I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This was a wonderful collection of stories and photographs that I have never seen before. I found them to be very powerful and interesting.
I appreciate having had this chance to see all of the photos and stories. Wonderful compilation. I have read so many war stories and seen so many pictures of this time in history. Thank you M. Carroll for taking the time to gather it all into story form for the public.
This book represents a major undertaking on 5he part of the author, covering in considerable detail as it does, aspects of American history from the early/mid 19th century to the end of the Second World War. This is, at once, a strength and a weakness, particularly in the light of the title: a strength, in that the book unexpectedly covers in painstaking detail aspects of life from the American antebellum south, particularly as it affected the lives of the family at the heart of this book; a weakness, however, for the reader who might have expected more detail of the life of the central figure, whose image appears on the cover. The book, however, made a considerable impression on this reader in a number of ways: in the first place it represents a considerable effort on the part of the author to research and collate such a volume of detail; and - more especially - the way it leads the reader to reflect on the demands and expectations placed on that ‘greatest generation’ who fought - and in far too many cases - were captured or killed in the effort to overcome the horrors inflicted by the Axis powers.
This book contains some amazing images that evoke so many emotions. Highly recommended and would make a great gift.