D-Day with the Screaming Eagles

D-Day with the Screaming Eagles
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Published: 2006-10
ISBN13: 9780891418924
Goodreads Rating: 4.2
As Allied forces prepare to launch an all-out offensive on the beaches of Normandy, the daring paratroopers and glider pilots of the 101st Airborne Division, the "Screaming Eagles," make a perilous landing over occupied France, in an oral history of the exploits of the famed group. In the predawn darkness of D-Day, an elite fighting force struck the first blows against Hitler’s Fortress Europe. Braving a hail of enemy gunfire and mortars, bold invaders from…

George Koskimaki was part of the 101st Airborne’s daring parachute landing into occupied France that day. Now, drawing on more than five hundred firsthand accounts–including the never-before-published experiences of the trailblazing pathfinders and glider men, Koskimaki re-creates those critical hours in all their ferocity and terror. Told by those who ultimately prevailed–ordinary Americans who faced an extraordinary challenge – D-Day with the Screaming Eagles is the real history of that climactic struggle beyond the beachhead.

Review:

Overall a very detailed book with very interesting accounts from different individuals on the same operation on, before, and after D day when many actions did not go according to plan.

The thing that made it such a difficult task is the fact that the book covers only 24-36 hours of D-Day -from the last preparations to the end of the first day. This makes the individual stories quite short and most of the time somewhat incomplete. Also, after a while, they become a little repetitive.

Another issue that made it difficult to read is the author jumped between groups (division, regiment, battalion, etc) with too much frequency. If the book had been more systematic in the layout it would have been much more enjoyable.




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D-Day with the Screaming Eagles

As Allied forces prepare to launch an all-out offensive on the beaches of Normandy, the daring paratroopers and glider pilots of the 101st Airborne Division, the "Screaming Eagles," make a ...

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