Paris? Editions du Chemin de la Paix et de la Liberte, 1994. 1st. Glossy Pictorial Cover. Quarto; , 251 pp plus 48 pp appendix of personnel, awards and decorations. Illustrated photographic endpapers, numerous photographs, facsimiles, maps. French and English text. Near Fine copy ('CABABA' to bottom page edges). Published on the occasion of the ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Bruyères from German occupation by the 100/442nd Regimental Combat team in World War II, The Battle of Bruyères took place in near Saint-Dié-des-Vosges. The 100/442nd was formed by Americans of Japanese Ancestry (Nisei), coming mainly from California and Hawaii while their parents (first generation immigrants) were imprisoned in concentration camps in the United States for suspicion of espionage. The ceremony wasd dedicated to the 800 soldiers of the 442nd regiment of the US Army who died in the battle.
The Battle of Bruyères and the rescue of the "Lost Texas Battalion" is now considered to be one of the ten major military battles fought by the United States Armed Forces; the 100/442nd RCT became the most decorated unit in the history of the American army for a unit of this size and such a brief operation, receiving 8 Presidential Unit Citation, 21 Medal of Honor and 18,143 individual decorations).. Almost all soldiers received at least one Purple Heart medal and some two or even three. Item #21248
Published to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Vosges.