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Book Note: Bill Mauldin, Up Front

I read this book about 26-Sep-2002. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1945. This note was last modified Thursday, 19-Dec-2002 16:28:35 PST.

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This is cartoons from WWII, mostly from Stars and Stripes I think, and the text that Mauldin wrote for book publication after the war, if I understand correctly. I believe I have a facsimile edition of the 1945 version. You've probably seen Willie and Joe, even if you don't quite remember it. "A moving foxhole attracts the eye". "I can't get any lower -- me buttons is in the way". (Mostly more dialectic, less well spelled, than the versions that come out of my memory). And I heard quite recently that Mauldin was very ill.

One weird thing about the new intro by Stephen E. Ambrose; it doesn't address the question of whether he ever met Mauldin, and appears to suggest that he didn't. Feels weird to not discuss the issue; why is he the man to do the introduction if they've never met? (I know, he's the big-name popular historian of the period.)

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