We Were Soldiers Too

A Historical Look at Germany During the Cold War From the US Soldiers Who Served There, Volume 2

Non-Fiction - Military
180 Pages
Reviewed on 03/09/2016
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Author Biography

Bob is an award winning author for his We Were Soldiers Too Series. His first book in the series was about his time in the military and was a finalist for Nonfiction Autobiography Book of the Year in 2015 with the Independent Authors Network.

Book Two continues to win awards in numerous contests in the nonfiction category. The book received a Bronze Medal from the Nonfiction Authors Association. It was a Finalist for eBook of the Year with Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Finalist for Military History Book of the Year with National Indie Excellence Awards, Finalist for Nonfiction History with Independent Authors Network. Most recently, it won third place and the Bronze Medal from the prestigious Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Awards in the Nonfiction- Military category.

Book three was released on July 6, 2016 and he is currently working on the fourth and fifth book in the series for release by the end of the year. In an effort to tell the complete story of the Cold War, and the veterans who served during this critical time in history, there are plans for twelve books in the series.

Bob was in the US Army for almost 8 years in the 1980's and during those years he was quickly educated about the military life that civilians never see or hear about. He decided to write and publish the story of his military career so that others may have an inside view of what it was like to be in the military at that time.

Due to the overwhelming support and response from other Cold War Veterans, his first book has been turned into a Cold War documentary series telling the history of the Cold War from the perspective of the veterans who served during this critical time in history.

Bob is the father of five children - Natalie, Bambie, Amber, Bob, and Rob. He resides in Bedford, Indiana with his wife Marsha and his three granddaughters; Sage, Jade, and Harmonie.

Bob enjoys connecting with US veterans and sharing their stories with others.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ryan Jordan for Readers' Favorite

We Were Soldiers Too: A Historical Look at Germany During the Cold War From the US Soldiers Who Served There (Volume 2) by Bob Kern shows a part of the Cold War that many people know nothing about. The entire world was watching the conflict between the US and Russia, but no one really understood or paid attention to what was happening in Germany. This book really showcases that side of things and the soldiers who served in Germany guarding a passage called the Fulda Gap that Russia and the Warsaw troops would have used to invade Europe. The first chapter begins with Donald Bowman and showcases events and technology used in the war, including the U-2 being shot down and the events of the Tom Hanks' movie, Bridge of Spies, as well as the M59 Armored Personnel Carrier and the Little Joe tank which Don worked on as a mechanic. It continues like this with each chapter, introducing us to a new time period and soldiers who will we follow during events that they served through.

This is truly a book about people, giving us the history and lives of these men and women who were willing to risk everything for their mission. In the event of an invasion, none of them expected to survive, but they were all ready to lay down their lives if necessary. The writing includes a lot of historical information and context, discussing things like the political atmosphere during each soldier's service and other events and wars going on at the same time. I think my favorite chapter was about Juanita Coover, because it showcases just how vital women were to the military, and how much this woman had to go through to earn her place in a sexist institution.

My only true complaint with this entire volume might be that all of these fascinating moments in their lives get only a cursory examination, and I would like to go even further in depth and truly see their stories played out. We Were Soldiers Too by Bob Kern is a real winner, and the stories contained in this volume truly represent the heroism of the soldiers stationed in Germany during this period of unrest.

Thomas Lucken

Book 2 is great read, so is Bob's newest Book #3 about the Korean DMZ.............