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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Uncle Ted: A GI's Journal of World War II is a work of non-fiction in the historical, biography, and military writing subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience, Penned by author Dr. Barbara M. Panther-Gibby, this engrossing historical narrative follows the journey of the author’s relative, Uncle Ted, from his draft into the army in 1941 to the conclusion of WWII. The book weaves a vivid tapestry of Ted's varied experiences and those that shaped his attitude and personality as the man she knew. From serving as a gunner with the Air Corps in B-17s to driving a truck for the Red Ball Express, Ted's journey is both diverse and poignant.
Author Dr. Barbara M. Panther-Gibby has lovingly crafted a truly immersive experience into the life of an American G.I. during one of the most tumultuous periods in history. Her dedication to preserving family history is evident on every page, bringing Uncle Ted's story to life with a perfectly balanced blend of historical accuracy and emotional depth. So many battles, conflicts, and difficult situations are vividly (though never gratuitously) portrayed through Ted's lens, capturing the terror and courage of the soldiers who faced horrors we can scarcely imagine. The confident narrative steers us through these horrors safely, also stopping to note the many sacrifices made by individuals like Ted during World War II. The author’s attention to detail, atmosphere, and storytelling prowess ensure that Uncle Ted's experiences are not just documented but profoundly felt on every level. Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend Uncle Ted to readers of military history and personal memoirs everywhere.