Behind Enemy Lines in World War II
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: Texas A&M University Press
To Betsy Brooks, my wife, and David Brooks, my son: thanks for the countless hours spent working on Glider Infantryman and for your support and help while tirelessly poring over mistakes and unclear words. Also, thanks...
“Went pretty well today,” Don says to himself, referring to the Memorial Day ceremonies put on by the local American Legion. For sixty-one years he has joined in honoring those who served in the US armed forces and are no longer living. Getting into his car, he backs out of the driveway and heads...
My name is Donald J. Rich, private first class (PFC) of the US Army. I left my family and home two years and eight months ago. Maybe you’ve heard of the 101st Airborne Division, which I’ve been a part of. Most of the guys I left with on a ship bound...
In the midafternoon after four days of travel, the troop train pulls into the destination station, somewhere in California. After sitting so long, my legs don’t really work right, and the weight of my bag makes me walk off balance. I struggle to negotiate...
The last few days in Camp Shanks before we ship out to war are quiet. Any soldier lucky enough to have received a pass out of camp is promptly forbidden to leave base. No contact is to be made with family or friends. Soon the 101st Airborne will be leaving...
Welcome to France
The army feeds the troops lots of food; I mean LOTS of food. I feel like a hog being fattened for the slaughter. I also feel like I am eating my last meal. Maybe the army doesn’t know when we will get another chance to eat well and wants us charged up...
Starting at dawn on June 9 (D 3), 2nd Battalion prepares to advance toward the mission objective of Carentan. We will cross the river and sweep to the east and then south to attack Carentan on the east side. This is our first real battle assignment, and the guys...
The 101st Airborne is designed to get into and out of action fast. But because the resourceful enemy uses the hedgerows to stymie Allied attacks, the Normandy campaign doesn’t go as quickly as had been hoped by the top army brass. The 327th Regiment...
Stuck on the Island
As the calendar moves into October, enemy action in and around Veghel becomes quiet.1 However, trouble for the Allies in the Netherlands continues as the enemy fights tenaciously to keep the war out of their homeland. The biggest problems...
Back Into Battle
The Screaming Eagles leave the Netherlands after seventy-two days of being cold, wet, and hungry and of fighting to survive. Getting back to base at Mourmelon, France, for some badly needed rest is a welcome relief for the entire division. Seeing the...
Fighting the Enemy and the Elements
Everyone in the squad is really tired, so nobody says much. I have my doubts about most of the replacements’ ability to recognize danger or fight off an enemy attack. I don’t know these guys and really don’t want to know them. They are nameless to...
On the Offensive
With Patton’s forces now heavily entrenched on the southern sector of the Bastogne perimeter, the 327th is being relieved late on December 29.1 The five of us who have spent so much time out in the cold in front of the lines head down...
Worn out, exhausted, and depleted in supplies, the Screaming Eagles make the long, frigid trip by truck from Bastogne to Alsace by way of Veau Lebere, Belgium, and Schalbach, France. The trucks slip and slide their way in the falling...
Back in December I was excited when it appeared that I was going to get the opportunity to attend a Christmas service at a very large cathedral. Then the Germans’ counteroffensive in the Ardennes occurred, so I didn’t get to go. Easter is now...
On July 28, 1945, G Company is packed into forty- and- eight railroad boxcars and taken to Auxerre, France.1 Sherman is still in the hospital, so he doesn’t come with us. The trip is long and slow, especially after we get out of Austria. Because we don’t have any...
I have been compelled to have my story finished and published before I die, as it is a part of history that I want to leave for my family and the next generation. I sincerely hope that after reading it you have a better understanding of World War II and the soldiers...
Page Count: 320
Illustrations: 28 b&w photos. 8 cartoons. 17 maps. Bib. Index
Publication Year: 2011
OCLC Number: 794700333
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