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By Belton Y. Cooper

"Cooper observed extra of the conflict than such a lot junior officials, and he writes approximately it greater than nearly a person. . . . His tales are shiny, enlightening, filled with life--and of discomfort, sorrow, horror, and triumph."
--STEPHEN E. AMBROSE
From his Foreword

"In a down-to-earth kind, Death Traps tells the compelling tale of 1 man's project to the well-known third Armored department that spearheaded the yankee enhance from Normandy into Germany. Cooper served as an ordnance officer with the ahead parts and used to be answerable for coordinating the restoration and service of broken American tanks. This was once a deadly task that frequently required him to shuttle by myself via enemy territory, and the writer recollects his provider with satisfaction, downplaying his position within the big attempt that saved the yankee forces good built and provided. . . . [Readers] should be left with an indelible influence of the significance of the aid troops and the way based wrestle forces have been on them."
--Library Journal

[b]"[DEATH TRAPS] FILLS A serious hole IN WW2 LITERATURE. . . . IT'S a really targeted AND worthy WORK."
--G.I. Journal[b]

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Meanwhile, France itself was subjected to a blitzkrieg. The declaration of war initially found France relatively calm. The American ambassador reported that mobilization for war was carried out in absolute quiet. The men left in silence. There were no bands, no songs. ’ as in 1914. There was no hysterical weeping of mothers and sisters and children. 4 There was no premonition of the disaster to come. To everyone’s surprise, the French forces were rapidly routed. The technological superiority of the Germans and, more importantly, their superior tactics dealt France a crushing blow.

Most of the others perished in the gas ovens, but a large proportion also died from disease, hard work, lack of food, and inadequate shelter. Resistance in Western Europe Civilians trapped in the occupied countries were often unsure of how to respond to their predicament. Many turned a blind eye to the atrocious activities of the occupiers, but the majority of men and women felt confused, demoralized, and unsure how they were expected to act. With astonishing speed, they became hardened to violence.

The use of search radar enabled 50 battle of the atlantic Allied vessels to detect U-boats even in poor conditions and at a distance. Allied aeroplanes could then target the U-boats rapidly and with devastating accuracy. In other words, the Allies quickly learnt that aircraft were the best protection for seacraft. Improved intelligence did not mean that the Battle of the Atlantic was over. Indeed, the ruthlessness of this war increased from late 1942, when the German U-boats began focusing on merchant shipping in American home waters and in the Caribbean, resulting in the loss of nearly 400 ships and severe damage to the Allied war effort.

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