Letters from Iwo Jima?
Did you watch it?
Since my mother is a first gen American (her family is Canadian), most of her kin were actually in the Canadian military, along with an in-law who fought for New Zealand. On top of that, the one American relative I had who fought in Europe (my dad's brother-in-law) was actually attached to the British Eight Army in Italy.
So when it comes to the war in Europe, I'm all about the Commonwealth forces, which of course included many Indian units.
The 4th Indian Division was part of Operation Compass, one of the most brilliant campaigns in military history.
It's a long story, Max. To be short:
My Granpa fought at WW-I and WW-II, and died in 60s with Cancer. Two wars!
My Mom saw him suffer and die. More painful is he wasn't recognized properly by any Govt(s). She always missed him since her young age (was a teen). He wasn't there when She got married to my Dad. She told us (me and my younger twin sisters) so many stories which she learned from my Grandpa, importantly, how so many Indians have died fighting for them. What for? I can write at least 100 pages on this forum without referring to Google or anything. It's in my head and heart.
The West largely forgot the lost lives, countless injured and the spilled blood on their lands and freedom, instead many talk lowly and pass comments against the people of this land.
Anyway, this was one of the biggest reasons why my Mom nuked my IAF dream. I was never interested in going to the United States. I wanted to become a Fighter pilot because of this inspiration from early 80s:
I believe India shouldn't be a part of the Commonwealth anymore. This group has become obsolete and irrelevant to us, quite similar to Non-Align Movement (NAM nations).
My main interest is the European theater anyway
And most of the books now introduce REAL MEN's stories too, in case you haven't noticed
Check any book of Atkins.
Most of you hardly know properly about those real men.
Continue your Amazon fun.