The Simple Truth is Truth Resists Simplicity (And So Does Research)

I had already put in a good deal of legwork on my project (refresher: “On the Warpath: In the Footsteps of the American Combat Infantry in the World Wars”) before it was approved. I already had a file folder with letters from around fifty Marines from which I could pull for World War I. As you may recall from my previous post I am also fortunate enough to have gained the resources of a small British nonprofit, The Friends of the Assault Training Center, whose archives include lists of units that passed through the ATC and into Normandy. I had already mostly mapped out the locations in which I was likely to stop off to hit archives, battlefields, memorials, and museums around Europe in quest of further information and material. This is a huge project to undertake, but I was feeling reasonably confident about my chances of success when I dove into more detailed research this week.

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