Glider Infantryman: Behind Enemy Lines in World War II

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Texas A&M University Press, 2012 - 272
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A member of the famed Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division, Donald J. Rich went ashore on D-Day at Utah Beach, was wounded in the bloody conflict at Carentan, landed in a flimsy plywood-and-canvas glider on the battlefields of Holland, and survived the grim siege with the "Battling Bastards of Bastogne" during the Battle of the Bulge. Glider Infantryman is his eyewitness account of how he, along with thousands of other young men from farms, small towns, and cities across the United States, came together to answer the call of their nation. It is also a heartfelt tribute to the many thousands who gave their lives in this struggle. Coauthored by Kevin Brooks, the son of Rich's best friend and World War II comrade, Glider Infantryman covers a span of nearly three years; his return home, five months after the war's end, as a toughened bazooka gunner and veteran of five campaigns. Rich's first-person narrative includes vivid coverage of the action, featuring an especially rare account of arriving on a combat landing zone by glider. Detailed, day-to-day depiction of some of the heaviest fighting in Holland follows, including the action at Opheusden, the center of the infamous "Island." Later highlights include the Battle of the Bulge, where Rich recounts his experiences in some of the hottest defensive fighting of the European Theater, including the epic tank battles at Marvie, Champs, and Foy.

 

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Falling in between memoir and biography (Rich basically dictated his story to Kevin Brooks) Rich spent the years since World War II coming to terms with his battle with PTSD and apparently made ... Przeczytaj pełną recenzję

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Prologue
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3
Soldiering Basics
15
England
34
Welcome to France
61
Carentan
77
Market Garden
89
Stuck on the Island
122
On the Offensive
189
Alsace
208
Germany
220
Long Journey
234
Afterword
245
Notes
251
Sources
263
Index
267

Back Into Battle
149
Fighting the Enemy and the Elements
170

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DONALD J. RICH served in 1943 and 1944 with 1st Squad, 2nd Platoon, G Company, 327th Glider Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. He lives in Wayland, Iowa. KEVIN BROOKS, a former resident of Wayland, is a freelance writer based in Mahomet, Illinois.

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