Word War II was not only a chaotic affair, but also truly a "World War" with fighting going on around the globe on land, on sea, and in the air with participants from virtually every country. Details of the war stretch to infinity and are impossible to grasp in total. To be understood at all, one must approach it in piece meal fragments. One way is to study the history of an individual soldier and relate his actions to the whole. Such is the documentary written by Mike Looney about his father, Captain George W. Looney, who served as an artillery forward observer for the 196th Field Artillery Battalion, a vital, but relatively unfamiliar military assignment.
George was a modest man who rarely spoke of his many accomplishments in the Army. The author researched his father's service history and wrote this book to honor his father and also to recognize not only George's contributions to the Allied success during the war, but also the efforts of his fellow members of the 196th.
Mike Looney writes, "I have poured over George's photographs from the war more times than his letters home reassure his family of his full tummy and swell living conditions; still, each viewing triggers a little mind shiver—but it's more than the visual adventure that provides passage to one of history's most riveting and toxic times. We are not seeing the war from a professional correspondent's polished viewpoint but through the wide eyes of either GWL or his comrades of the 196th."
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Published January 28, 2012
by Venture Galleries, LLC.