KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN by Walter Bernste
Kirkus Star


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Photographic, terse accounts of various assignments (most of which have appeared in the New Yorker) that by their shorn simplicity are effective and good. Here is an induction scene, an afternoon of training with the 8th Infantry Regiment at Ft. Benning, Ga., a visit to a parachute training quarters, an evening at a juke joint in Phenix City, Ala., a Saturday night in the guard house, a day of rehearsals of This Is The Army at Camp Upton. There are the alarums of a night watch aboard a freighter; the explorations of a Regimental Detachment in Sicily; incidents of a recoaissance platoon from a Command Post outside Messina; the activities of the mountain troops in Italy; the pattern of battle attack and being lost; a seven day march to Marshal Tito's headquarters, through German occupied territory, with information on the guerilla war and the happenings of the Tough Congress meeting there. It closes with the return home, to wife and child. This highlights things familiar to most soldiers, -- the details of training, combat action, the threat of mines, snipers, heavy artillery, loss of communications, medical care, the encounters with liberated civilians, and it reflects meticulous observation and accurate reproduction of things seen and heard.

Pub Date: May 7th, 1945
Publisher: Viking