If You Survive - George Wilson

If You Survive

By George Wilson

  • Release Date: 1987-05-12
  • Genre: Military
Score: 4.5
From 185 Ratings


"If you survive your first day, I'll promote you."

So promised George Wilson's World War II commanding officer in the hedgerows of Normandy -- and it was to be a promise dramatically fulfilled. From July, 1944, to the closing days of the war, from the first penetration of the Siegfried Line to the Nazis' last desperate charge in the Battle of the Bulge, Wilson fought in the thickest of the action, helping take the small towns of northern France and Belgium building by building.

Of all the men and officers who started out in Company F of the 4th Infantry Division with him, Wilson was the only one who finished. In the end, he felt not like a conqueror or a victor, but an exhausted survivor, left with nothing but his life -- and his emotions.

If You Survive

One of the great first-person accounts of the making of a combat veteran, in the last, most violent months of World War II.

From the Paperback edition.


  • Excellent book

    By UGoLong
    This is an excellent book by a very reflective man. I am sorry that he has passed before he could learn about how his readers felt about it, and his many sacrifices.
  • Superb story of combat

    By Mstrpara
    A great story or courage and in some cases costly mistakes of leaders. Incredible courage and sacrifice by junior officers at company level. Vivid description of the horror of combat and living conditions.
  • Insightful and thought provoking

    By Hiker at heart
    This is an outstanding book and very readable. One of the best WWII books I've read. This book makes it abundantly clear why they call this group "the greatest generation." The clarity of the depiction of war is excellent. This is a must read. My thanks to the author for serving our country and for writing this great book.
  • Good Book

    By Llmoss
    Good book, he is a very good writer. I felt like I was there during the battles.
  • If You Survive

    By StanHannan
    Without question one of the best WW2 Books I have read.Simple but descriptive and factual...outstanding description of he Hurtgen Forest war....very informative and compelling. Stan Hannan (Capt) ret
  • Riveting

    By Wunderwolf
    Great story of a man thrust into leadership in the bloodiest war in history.
  • if you survive

    By Ljquint
    The book was informative and interesting. My father fought in the same campaign. I would have liked to read more about George Wilson's life after the war, and how the war affected his life.
  • If you survive

    By Bart0664
    After seeing this book on my dad's shelf I had to read it. Turns out my father knew Mr. Wilson very well. The book itself is amazing. The book is full of gripping action and full of history. A must read for those who love history.