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Books: 106th Infantry Division

Updated: 24 Feb 2020

As you may have noticed, there are a lot less advertisements for books in The CUB. Moving forward, we will only be including paid advertisements to help defray the cost of printing and mailing the magazine. But, all of the advertisements from veterans who’s books were advertised in previous CUBs can be viewed on this page.

List of books by and about the 106th Division Association members:

Captured at the Battle of the Bulge by Russ Lang

Captured, Frozen, Starved — and Lucky: How One Jewish American GI Survived a Nazi Stalag by Milton Feldman

Forced March by John H. Mohn

From Brooklyn to the Battle of the Bulge and on to Building an International Business — The Incredible Story of Bernard (Barney) Mayrsohn by Seth H. Bramson

I Was a Prisoner by Carmel Whetzel

I Was No Hero in the Battle of the Bulge by Harry F. Martin, Jr.

My Grandfather’s War by Jesse Cozean

My Nine Lives by Bob Pope

My War by Fredrick Smallwood

No Surrender by Chris Edmonds

Once Upon a Time in War by Robert E. Humphrey

Prisoner’s Odyssey by Herb Sheaner

Shadows of Slaughterhouse Five by Ervin Szpek Jr.

The Sitting Duck Division: Attack from the Rear by John W. Morse, 422/C

The Letter Box by Robert “Bob” Glover

Warm Memories of Cold Spring by Beatrice Keeber

Warriors of the 106th — The Last Infantry Division by Ken Johnson, Martin King, & Michael Collins


If you are interested in advertising in printed versions of future CUBs, please contact Susan Weiss at CUBPublisher@106thInfDivAssn.org or treasurer Mike Sheaner at sheaner1@airmail.netfor more information.


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Captured at the Battle of the Bulge by Russ Lang
     In December 1944 a young American soldier's division, newly-arrived in Europe, was sent to the front line to a quiet position on the Belgian- German border. Days after their arrival the Germans launched the great counterattack that came to be called the Battle of the Bulge. Russ Lang and his regiment were soon encircled. They attacked until their supplies and ammunition were exhausted, then held out until circumstances forced them to surrender.
     Captured at the Battle of the Bulge is Russ Lang's memoir of his service before and during the battle, the hardships he encountered in a series of German stalags, and the joy of liberation as the Germans were overcome. The diary Lang kept as a prisoner of war is included, with additional notes that could not be written down while he remained in the power of his captors. Captured at the Battle of the Bulge is a fascinating personal and historical document.
     To order your copy of Captured at the Battle of the Bulge by Russ Lang, send your check for $11.95 payble to Personal History Press to:
Personal History Press, 59 South Great Road,
Lincoln, MA 01773; or order online from Amazon.com
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Captured, Frozen, Starved — and Lucky: How One Jewish American GI Survived a Nazi Stalag by Milton Feldman
     "I'm having the time of my late life hearing from people who have seen the movie or read the book. I never thought I was a hero, and I do not think so now, but I'm rewarded every day by the knowledge that one private's experience of capture, deprivation and release can help show others what war really is and help them understand what it took for the Allies to win the most devastating war in history."
The film, which documentary filmmaker Eduardo Montes-Bradley titled A Soldier's Dream after a poem Feldman had written during the war, premiered at the retirement community where he lives.
     The film has now been accepted for several small film festivals.
The book is available at Amazon.com
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Forced March by John J. Mohn
     Major John J. Mohn, 106th Division, 422nd Infantry, 1st Batalion, HQ Company
     Major Mohn (then Captain) was taken prisoner at the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944, along with 7,000 other men. As prisoner camps were too full and the German officers were unsure what to do with so many prisoners, Mohn's POW group was forced to march 1,200 miles.
     He was liberated three times, twice recaptured. His final liberation was on May 2, 1945 at Gars-am-Inn. Of the 7,000 men he was only liberated with about 100 men.
John Mohn recorded his POW experience in a memoir. Unfortunately Mohn passed away in January 2005. His book was never published.
Until now.
     Now available on Amazon.com or call Mohn's granddaughter Mandy by phone: 330-704-7631; $22.95 or visit JohnMohn.com
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From Brooklyn to the Battle of the Bulge and on to Building an International Business — The Incredible Story of Bernard (Barney) Mayrsohn by Seth H. Bramson
     The Story of Bernard “Barney” Mayrsohn, a Real and True American Hero Barney Mayrsohn (423/CN0, past president of the 106th Infantry Division Assoc., 2014–2015
     This is a story like no other. This is a story that, were it not completely and absolutely truthful and factual, would be fodder for an incredible novel, which the book on and about Barney’s life is anything but.
     The book can be purchased online at Amazon.com. Type “Seth Bramson” in the search and it will come up.
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I Was a Prisoner by Carmel Whetzel
Incredible true story of WW II EX POW Carmel Whetzel who ESCAPED from a German POW camp
$29.99 postpaid (International orders add $36 for postage)
Carmel Whetzel, POW Challenge Coin FREE with every book ordered, or $9.99 each postpaid.
     Book available at https://lj-102675.square.site/product/i-was-a-prisoner-book/1
     You can remit payment any of the following ways: Pay Pal at 2CAMERAS3WARS@GMAIL.COM Checks and money orders All international orders get a free autographed 8x10 and 5 other 4x6 autographed photos. Due to the high USPS PRIORITY MAIL INTERNATIONAL rates, which we don’t control.
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I Was No Hero in the Battle of the Bulge by Harry F. Martin, Jr.
     One Step to Hell: Letters From My Father Telling Me I Was Too Weak & Too Frail to Face the Enemy
     This is the story of Harry F. Martin, Jr., in L Co 424th Regiment of the 106th Infantry Division who fought in the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. In his own words: “We were going to a quiet sector on the front lines. This was an area where combat troops were sent to rest and green troops like us were sent to gradually break in. The Germans did the same thing in this sector. The Americans had gone into combat at the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944 and fought their way just inside Germany, securing a foothold in the Siegfried Line in the Ardennes.”
Find it at: ???? it was at 'createspace.com/6329426'but that site no longer works List Price: $10.95
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My Grandfather’s War by Jesse Cozean
A Young Man's Lessons from the Greatest Generation
"I, too,served in the 106th Infantry, was captured at the Battle of the Bulge, and spent time in Stalag IXB. Your book, My Grandfather's War, is the best P.O.W. book I have ever read!" —James A. Reiss, CPL. 423RD Infantry, 106th Division
"My Grandfather's War was eye-opening...I loved this book."
"Jesse Cozean's confident voice toes the line between nostalgia and history And steeps every page in respect. His humor and cynicism capture the voice of his generation." A cross between Flags of our Fathers and Tuesday’s with Morrie.”
     The exciting story of 106th member Robert Cozean's capture at the Battle of the Bulge, imprisonment in a Nazi POW camp, and liberation by the tanks of General Patton. Informative and emotional, the book is filled with information on the 106th Division, the Battle of the Bulge, and the prison camps that many Golden Lions found themselves in.
     Includes a complete history of America's POWs from the Revolutionary War to World War II.
Author Jesse Cozean ISBN 978-0-7627-7383-1 • Available Now! Order online at Amazon.com
Visit JesseCozean.com
Lyons Press is an Imprint of Globe Pequot Press Guilford, Connecticut LyonsPress.com
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My Nine Lives by Bob Pope
Excerpts from My Nine Lives:
     Early on the morning of December 16th, 1944, just before dawn, German shells began exploding in front of us, behind us, and on our flanks. Later that morning our position was hit hard by German 88s. Our Battery Commander, Captain Luzzi, became our first casualty.
     When the order to fall back was received, the fog was so bad that even with our field glasses it was difficult to tell if the shadowy figures we saw were our soldiers retreating or German soldiers advancing. A German ME109 suddenly appeared out of the fog and strafed us. I have no idea how many of our guys were killed or wounded.
     The German advance was so swift and met such little resistance due to the lack of fire power and experience that it was already too late. We were bivouacked in a valley on the night of December 18th when word came that we were surrounded. We were told to dispose of all gun firing pins and all vehicle rotors because we were going to surrender.
     To obtain your copy of 'My Nine Lives' by Bob Pope, send your check for $11.95 plus $2 shipping and handling to: Personal History Press 59 South Great Road Lincoln, MA 01773
or order online from Amazon.com

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My War by Fredrick Smallwood
     This is the story of my experiences as a young boy from a small town in south Georgia with the 106th Infantry Division during World War II. I was initially in the A&P Platoon of 1 Bn. Hq. Co. of the 423rd Regiment. I was one of the few who made my way through the German lines back to the Allied lines at St. Vith.
     Books are $15 plus $4 for shipping. You can contact me at fsjs@mchsi.com or P.O. Box 1923, Bainbridge, GA 39818.
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No Surrender by Chris Edmonds, Chaplain, 106th Infantry Division Association
     Spanning seven decades and linking a sprawling cast of unknown heroes from every corner of the country, NO SURRENDER is an unforgettable story of a father’s extraordinary acts of valor that saved thousands of American soldiers in the treacherous final days of World War II and a son’s journey to discover them.
     Roddie Edmonds, a humble soldier from East Tennessee, rarely spoke about his experiences with the 106th Infantry during World War II. Not even his son Chris knew the full details of Roddie’s capture at the Battle of the Bulge or his captivity in two Nazi POW camps.
     Sparked by his daughter’s family history project, Chris embarked on a years-long journey in a race against time to interview surviving POWs under Roddie’s command and retracing his father’s footsteps, from Fort Jackson, South Carolina, where a boyish Roddie transformed into a seasoned leader of men, to the patch of grass near Ziegenhain, Germany, where he looked evil in the eye and dared a Nazi to shoot.
     A quintessential American story of bravery, compassion, and righteousness, NO SURRENDER is a shining example of the redemptive power of moral courage in a celebration of faith, family and selfless service. Order online at HarperCollins.com, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and other book sellers

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Once Upon a Time in War The 99th Division in World War II By Robert E. Humphrey
     Once Upon a Time in War presents a stirring view of combat from the perspective of the common soldier. Author Robert E. Humphrey personally retraced the path of the 99th through Belgium and Germany and conducted extensive interviews with more than three hundred surviving veterans. These narratives, seamlessly woven to create a collective biography, offer a gritty reenactment of World War 11 from the enlisted man's point oFview. For readers captivated by Band of Brothers, this book offers an often tragic, sometimes heartwarming, but always compelling read.
     $24.95 Hardcover • 978-0-8061-3946-3 • 376 Pages University of Oklahoma Press,
     2800 Venture Drive - Norman, Oklahoma 73069 • TEL 800 627 7377 - OUPRESS.COM
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Prisoner’s Odyssey by Herb Sheaner
     Prisoner’s Odyssey is a story of survival, hunger and reflection from a teenaged prisoner of war inside Germany near the end of WW II. From capture at the Battle of The Bulge to the final escape from his German guards, Herb Sheaner allows us a glimpse into the despair and agony of being a prisoner in a foreign land. During World War II, Herb Sheaner served as a private first class in Company G, 422nd Regiment of the 106th Infantry Division. After receiving ASTP training at University of Alabama, he joined the 106th at Camp Atterbury in Indiana where he earned Expert Rifleman honors and was designated Co. G Sniper and Regimental Scout. Fifty years later he recalls his experiences.
     Available through Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com and Xlibris online.

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Shadows of Slaughterhouse Five by Ervin Szpek Jr.
     Ervin Szpek Jr. (Associate Member) is pleased to announce after many years of research that his and his colleagues’ book on the infamous Arbeitskommando Slaughterhouse Five has been released. Nearly every man of this POW work camp (near Dresden, Germany) originated from the 106th Infantry Division including former 106th Association President, Gifford Doxsee. The book is their story, in their words and accounts for nearly every POW at the camp. It also chronicles the recollections and reflections of the 150 American Ex-POWs, many of whom are members of the Association.
     Newly released by iUniverse press at iUniverse.com, the book is also available at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. With best wishes for 2016 and with appreciation for your efforts –– thank you.
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The Sitting Duck Division: Attack from the Rear by John W. Morse, 422/C
     This is the story of one boy soldier and his fellow GIs from draft to disaster and back. John W. Morse’s (422/C) self-published book describes being taken prisoner in the Battle of the Bulge.
     To order, visit iUniverse.com or call toll-free at 877-823-9235. The book is priced $9.95, plus shipping.
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The Letter Box: Sgt. Glover's World War II Letters Home by Robert “Bob” Glover
     The Wartime Journey of Sgt. Robert “Bob” Glover, U.S. Army, 106th I.D.
     Written in his own words to his family from 1944-1946, this collection of hundreds of personal letters are virtually a "daily diary" chronicling one young man's desire to serve his country in Europe while staying connected to his family's daily life back home and, in the process, to imagine and value life's goals.
     "I believe anyone who has served in the Armed Forces, at any time, will feel an immediate connection with Bob's writing about his best friends, questioning his future after the service, and his constant longing for home." Colonel. USAF
     "An excellent read ... I feel I am right alongside with him ..." Storekeeper, U.S. Coast Guard Retired
     The Letter Box is now available on Amazon.com in print and Kindle
     For every purchase a donation will be made to a charitable military-related organization!
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Warm Memories of Cold Spring by Beatrice Keeber
     A Golden Lion’s war experiences forged a boy into a man. But what really defined him as the person he became was his “happily ever after” with his family and his 60-year love story. Warm Memories of Cold Spring is not a war story! It’s a smile-producing tale of “what came next” that reminds other vets of their own “afters,” their children and grandchildren of Dad’s and Mom’s or Grandpa’s and Grandma’s lives.
     Pfc. Willard H. Keeber, with Co. G, 424th Infantry Regiment, 106th Infantry Division, was placed on-line December 11, 1944 near St. Vith, Belgium, two months past his 19th birthday, five days prior to the German Tank Assault that smashed directly through his position, launching the Battle of the Bulge. This is the story of a veteran’s legacy that left his world better than he found it.
     Online at Amazon.com (simply type the title in the search bar) Print copy – $9.99; Kindle – $4.99
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Warriors of the 106th — The Last Infantry Division by Ken Johnson, Martin King, & Michael Collins
     The 106th were fresh, green and right in the pathway of the German 5th Panzer Army when the Battle of the Bulge began at 0530 hours on December 16,1944. This book covers the history along with the individual stories of the incredible heroism, sacrifice and tenacity of these young Americans in the face of overwhelming odds. These stories are heartwarming, heartbreaking, nerve-wracking, and compelling. They aim to put the reader right there on the front lines, and in the stalags, during the final months of WWII
     $32.95 9781612004587 May 2017, Hardback, 6.25 x 9.5, 336 pages. To place your order visit www.casematepublishers.com or call our customer service team at (610) 853-9131
     'There haven't been many books about the 106th and those that are out there are quite scathing about the division. It’s time to give these indomitable men the credit they are long overdue. They were brave, stouthearted and tenacious warriors... The American public should be rightfully proud of them.' —Martin King, author of Warriors of the 106th CASEMATE | publishers 1950 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083 (610) 853-9131 casemate@casematepublishers.com www.casematepublishers.com
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