Crossing the Sauer
A Memoir of World War II
Charles Reis Felix
“This is absolutely the best volume I’ve ever read on the GI in World War II.” — Alvin M. Josephy, Jr., former editor, American Heritage
“Reminiscent of Lester Atwell’s classic book, Private.” — Publishers Weekly
“Felix pulls no punches. One of the most honest, unforgettable memoirs of the war I’ve ever read.” — Paul Fussell, author of Doing Battle
We stood waiting for a long time. Then a sergeant walked into the courtyard. He was the
dirtiest soldier I had ever seen. He was caked with dried mud from head to
foot. He had several days’ growth of whiskers. His eyes were sunken. He walked
heavily. My first thought was, “Wherever this guy’s been, I don’t want to go there.”
Crossing the Sauer is a tough, vivid, honest, and tautly written memoir of advancing through Germany with Patton’s Third Army. Join Charlie Felix on a tour of duty with characters worthy of M*A*S*H or Catch-22: loyal Berseglaria, bombastic Major Pusey, happy-to-be-alive Harry Folenius, hot-headed Hillbilly, and more. By turns hilarious and poignant, grim and inspiring, Crossing the Sauer bears the earmarks of a classic.
Charles Reis Felix returned home in 1945, graduated from Stanford,
married and raised a family, and became a high-school teacher.
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