In The Company Of Soldiers Millicent Cameron
Henry Holt And Company New York
“We have a rendezvous with destiny.
Our strength and courage strike the spark
That will always make men free.
Assault, right down through the skies of blue,
Keep your eyes on the job to be done!
We’re the soldiers of the 101st,
We’ll fight till the battle’s won!”
In the book, In The Company Of Soldiers, Rick Atkinson shares experiences that he observed of soldiers in combat. He talks about observations and shares personal events that occurred with the soldiers. It includes observations made while they made preparations for combat to the actual combat that Atkinson recorded.
The whole book is about the U.S. Army’s 101st division and their preparations and combat in Iraq. The quotation mentioned above is actually a song that the 101st division sang. Whenever the commanding general would walk by, the bandsmen would come to attention and would wait for the command to start playing or they would sing the song of the 101st division.
So far in the book, details like the division’s song are included. The book talks about happenings that occurred and gives detail on what the troops would do on a day-to-day basis. Along with the everyday details, the book gives specifics on what they would do aside from regular preparations. Such as what they would do when they weren’t training.
The first part of the book is interesting because it isn’t just about one specific situation dealing with the soldiers. It is details about preparations, details, and combat that went on with the soldiers. It is also an interesting view because the author actually got to be up-close and detailed with what was going on the soldiers in the 101st division. I like it because it is different from just a regular story someone might hear about soldiers. It is about specifics and is a different point of view than most stories. Some questions I would consider are: What else is going to happen to the soldiers?, How does all of what’s going on effect the soldiers?, and What are the author’s personal thoughts about what is going on?