As grippingly as any novelist, preeminent World War II
historian Stephen Ambrose tells the horrifying, hallucinatory saga of Easy Company, whose
147 members he calls the nonpareil combat paratroopers on earth circa 1941-45.
Ambrose takes us along on Easy Company's trip from grueling basic training to Utah Beach
on D-day, where a dozen of them turned German cannons into dynamited ruins resembling
"half-peeled bananas," on to the Battle of the Bulge, the liberation of part of
the Dachau concentration camp, and a large party at Hitler's "Eagle's Nest,"
where they drank the madman's (surprisingly inferior) champagne. Of Ambrose's main
sources, three soldiers became rich civilians; at least eight became teachers; one became
Albert Speer's jailer; one prosecuted Bobby Kennedy's assassin; another became a mountain
recluse; the despised, sadistic C.O. who first trained Easy Company (and to whose
strictness many soldiers attributed their survival of the war) wound up a suicidal loner
whose own sons skipped his funeral.
If you are Airborne, this book is a must! Here's the entertaining, historical, many times humorous story of the Test Platoon and
501st Parachute Battalion formed at Fort Benning in 1940-41. It's told by the
sergeant major - and by many others who recall that most exciting time - when there was no
organization, no standard equipment, no previous experience - only volunteers ready to
risk their lives being first to jump out of an airplane!
"The first complete history of the Army's initial efforts to develop the Airborne
concept. Exciting, accurate...." - Lt. Gen. Richard J. Seitz
"The airborne greats are all here. The author was my chief enlisted
advisor and, in my opinion, is Mr. Airborne." - Maj. Gen. William M. Miley
"Outstanding job of interpreting the forces that combined to form our Airborne
Forces." - Lt. Gen. William P. Yarboroug
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