Sequel to A Soldier of No Importance. Alice and Easy Company have been through six months of combat, but the siege of Bastogne will test them in ways the war just hasn’t yet. As the war drags on Alice faces hard truths about what it means to be a German Jew. Thankfully, none of them have to do any of this alone, though the faces change. After all, though war never changes, who you fight it with does.
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December 24, 1944
It took all her strength to wake up that morning. Her body ached. The snow crept into all different areas, freezing her body and making her tremble endlessly. She’d started coughing the night before. Quickly Alice made it her mission to keep that particular development to herself. She could breathe for now. If she ever couldn’t, then she’d make a fuss.
News of Smokey had made its way to the Battalion CP the previous night. Alice had shed a few tears once she’d crawled into her foxhole for the night. No one wanted to see Smokey paralyzed. Everyone loved him, even those who became the punchline of his poems. That made for two Toccoa men already sent into what passed as the field hospital at Bastogne: Skinny Sisk and Smokey Gordon.
The battle had become a full scale siege. The Americans had hunkered down on the edge of Bastogne. The Germans came at them daily, hoping to break through at a weak point. That weak point would not be the 506th, though. Alice knew that.