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Lester Blum
Lester Blum, author
Since the advent of war, history has recorded the exploits of the generals or the heroic deeds of a few individuals. Although the commanders might acknowledge the exploits of their regiments, history books generally have neglected the cogs in the wheel of war - the low ranking military man. These men bore the burden of war - manning the front lines, carrying the equipment and supplies, preparing meals for thousands, and sending vital messages from unit to unit. Many of these men were the unsung heroes of war. Through the Eyes of a PFC 1942-1945 chronicles the journey of one such soldier, Abraham I. Blum, an interior design store clerk, from induction into the military; rigorous training in the swamps of Mississippi and Louisiana, in the sweltering heat of the Mojave Desert, in the sands and mountains of North Africa; to fighting in the three major Italian campaigns – Rome/Arno, North Apennines, and Po Valley - prior to his return to the shores of America. The book, which details facts of everyday life of the average soldier, is supported by a plethora of photographs and quotes from period correspondence /modern interviews of PFC Blum. The military, far from being a homogenous mix, was a microcosm of American society. Timely topics such as racism and anti-Semitism also infiltrated the military. Abe Blum did his part in the war against the Nazis. In a 2008 interview he stated, "I was glad and proud to serve my country during war. I did all I had to do and all I could do, to the best of my ability." The years in the army had a profound and lasting impact on the lives of many men. Through the Eyes of a PFC 1942-1945 is a tribute to the bravery and heroism of the average soldier.