I am re-reading MacDonald's Company Commander for the first time in many years. I don't have a clear memory of reading it since I was a teen. I was quite ignorant of the details of the US Army campaign in western Europe but that did put me in the position of the characters -- not knowing what came next or even the 'Big Picture'. When I first read the book I did not have access to detailed maps, certainly not Google maps and satellite imagery, or even the US Army official history (Green Books). I knew it was well written and provided a company commander's view of leading a rifle company in combat. I may have thought it was a bit detached with its clear description of military matters, combined with personal experiences but lacked the excitement of what could be called "combat erotica". It probably left me with a slightly negative view of the effectiveness of the US Army Infantry. Reading the first few sections now I am a little surprised by how novel-esque or vivid the writing is. Of course I have more clear imagines in my head of how the uniforms and equipment looked and what is really going on with the messengers, the First Sergeant's Morning Report, marching by twos, and such. The writing aside (for now), my original idea for this thread was to share some of the detailed maps I have and combine those with the sketches (maps) found in the Bantam books edition. I know there are some editions without any included sketches so people will at least get those out of this effort. I might discuss tactical matters too. Further, I thought we might be able to illustrate some aspects of the book. To start, he provides a pretty good description of the first Westwall bunker he occupied. I don't want to find the original bunker just identify the standard floor plan and maybe some pictures of identical existing bunkers. I'll post this now and come back with some maps and short excerpts later. Feel free to post any comments or ideas.