From the front flap of this 424 page book: "A fresh new updated story of a World War II Infantry Division from its very inception to its deactivation. It tells the G.I.'s story. How he was trained in Mississippi and Texas, how he was sent into battle in the Ardennes, how he held firm on the North Shoulder, how he was the first complete infantry division across the Rhine at Remagen, how he fought so fiercely in the Ruhr Pocket and all the way to the Danube. These young G.I.s of the Checkerboard Division grew up in a hurry, pouring their blood over the North Shoulder of the Ardennes, losing over 4,000 troops killed, captured, or missing in action. This was really only the beginning as they continued to fight their way across Germany. There are numerous episodes of the ordinary dogface that have never been told. This book is narrated by the foremost Battle of the Bulge historian and author, William C.C. Cavanagh. Pages and pages of original photos and maps that have never been published are included. Also, there is a special section of unique color photos that were practically unheard of in those years and which will surely raise your interest and knowledge."