Usually I'm the one offering book reviews, but today I am happy to share a review of my recent book that appeared in the January 2011 issue of WWII History magazine, p78-79.
"People often forget that it takes 10 men in the rear areas to support one infantryman on the front line. However, for the men of the port battalions, there were no front lines on June 6, 1944, and at times, they found themselves under heavy fire as well.
The author is the grandson of one such soldier, Cortland "Corty" Hopkins, from Schenectady, New York. Hopkins had a difficult time getting into the service because his job was considered essential by the War Department. However, after many attempts, he was successfully inducted into the Army in 1943.
Brozyna does a good job in describing the duties and experiences of his grandfather's unit during the D-Day landings, the fighting in Belgium, and the Ardennes Offensive. Without a doubt, the port battalions made numerous contributions in supporting the soldiers in the field."
If you are interested in learning more, please visit my book blog LonshoreSoldiers.com. I regularly post new articles and photographs relating to WWII supply work and wartime Normandy, Antwerp, England, and Schenectady, NY.