The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War by Michael Shaara

By Michael Shaara

Winner of the Pultizer Prize

In the 4 such a lot bloody and brave days of our nation’s background, armies fought for 2 conflicting desires. One dreamed of freedom, the opposite of a lifestyle. excess of rifles and bullets have been carried into conflict. there have been stories. there have been can provide. there has been love. and much greater than males fell on these Pennsylvania fields. vibrant futures, untested innocence, and pristine good looks have been additionally the casualties of conflict. Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece is exclusive, sweeping, unforgettable—the dramatic tale of the battleground for America’s destiny.

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No question. ” Perkins’s time training in the desert paid other major dividends. In particular, it told him what he did not know. He learned, for instance, that the Army knows how much fuel an M-1 tank uses, but it did not have a clue how much a larger formation of M-1 tanks would use. An M-1 burns fifty-six gallons of fuel an hour, standing still or moving. But there were no calculations for how much fuel an armored unit would use in a long move, which would be filled with halts, detours, delays, and possibly combat.

His commanders gave him credit for being the one person during the war constantly pressing higher headquarters to be aggressive and maintain the momentum. In fact, the decisive moment of the war resulted from his push to keep moving when the situation was unclear and many of those above him were beginning to clamor for a lengthy operational pause. He convinced the wavering souls above that the enemy was breaking; to keep the 3rd ID waiting one hundred miles south of Baghdad for weeks while reinforcing divisions arrived would just give the enemy time to recover.

LIEUTENANT COLONEL STEPHEN TWITTY (3-15 INFANTRY) “He was a commander’s commander. ” “He was very direct, almost always calm, and incredibly tactically competent. ” “A complex person, but a great trainer and very aggressive in combat. ” “There are a lot of kids alive today because of his tactical performance. When I had something hard to do I called Twitty. He often did not get the glamorous tasks. ” “I found him easy to get along with. ” LIEUTENANT COLONEL ERNST MARCONE (3-69 ARMOR) “He brought the battalion an attitude that we will always win.

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