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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
H-0945: A Common Soldier's Story of WWII is a memoir written by Karl F. Hollenbach. Hollenbach registered for the draft in 1943. He was accepted in the Army Special Training Program, which would allow him to attend college after completing his basic training. When he was halfway through the basic training, however, the program was discontinued, and he was ordered to re-start basic training. Hollenbach was trained as a machinist and assigned to an Engineer Maintenance Company. He served for over two years in various locations in Europe, including France, Switzerland, Austria and Germany. This memoir takes you through the author's experiences from his first trip to the induction center to the end of his second tour as an Army Reservist. All told, he served his country for 10 years.
Karl F. Hollenbach's memoir, H-0945: A Common Soldier's Story of WWII, kept my eyes glued to the pages as I followed his service during World War II. His story is both compelling and fascinating. Hollenbach writes smoothly and fluently, and the included photographs, letters and documents make his story come even more alive. H-0945: A Common Soldier's Story of WWII is also a true-life coming of age story as the reader shares in the 18-year-old recruit's journey into manhood. There are some stunning stories in here, especially that of the train accident that claimed so many soldiers' lives, and marvelous accounts of the historic buildings and places Hollenbach's service took him to. I had a grand time reading Hollenbach's memoir and am planning on reading some of his other works. H-0945: A Common Soldier's Story of WWII is most highly recommended.