No one was better equipped to report on the affairs of the Plymouth community than William Bradford. Revered for his patience, wisdom, and courage, Bradford was elected to the office of governor in 1621, and he continued to serve in that position for more than three decades. His memoirs of the colony remained virtually unknown until the nineteenth century. Lost during the American Revolution, they were discovered years later in London and published after a protracted legal battle. The current edition rendered into modern English and with an introduction by Harold Paget, remains among the most readable books from seventeenth-century America.
Huie does equal justice to the historic actions of the Seabees on D-Day at Omaha Beach, where they manned fifteen hundred vehicles during the first wave of landings at Normandy. He provides fascinating accounts of the creation and testing of various pierheads, floating steel bridges, and "Rhino" ferries. His narrative of Seabee accomplishments is heavily laced with colorful stories of moonshining, brawling, and carousing juxtaposed with compassionate stories of the children in the prisoner of war camps. His enthusiasm for the Seabees gained instant acceptance when this book was first published in 1945 and is often cited as inspiring succeeding generations to rise to the same spirit of devotion and loyalty to their task.
Before World War 2, Marines were the ones to 'get their first,' but the need for roads in the muddy battlefields of the Pacific meant that claim would pass to the Construction Battalion. Their early motto was 'Can Do!'
This new 2018 edition of Can Do! The Story of the Seabees includes annotations and original photographs from World War 2.
*Footnotes and annotations.
*Original photographs from the Pacific Seabees Campaigns during WW2.
William Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation is a must-have for anyone interested in American History. In it, Bradford dutifully recounts the history of the Pilgrims, focusing on their 1620 passage on the Mayflower and their daily life in the newly-founded Plymouth Colony. Historians consider this book to be the definitive resource on the topic. This is no dry historical text, however—Bradford tells a captivating story on every page.