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Down to Earth: The 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Normandy Hardcover – January 1, 2004

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing; 1St Edition edition (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764320114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764320118
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Danny Boy on September 12, 2004
For the first time since the end of hostilities in WWII, Mr. Morgan has compiled a thoughtful study of the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment's involvement in the D-Day invasion. Using both personal interviews of 507th veterans and archival sources, Mr. Morgan's book is a well balanced combination of both individual narrative and objective tactical information which makes it a pleasure to read. The book also has many interesting photographs from actual 507th veterans, many published for the first time. The color maps detailing the 507th's deployment in Normandy and photographs of weapons and equipment will please both military historians and collectors alike. "Down to Earth" is highly recommended for those interested in the history of the American airborne forces of WWII!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul Woodadge on April 25, 2006
From the 507th's WWII formation through to the heroic soldiers' return to the USA and their post-war lives, this book covers throughly the history of the Regiment. The book is lavishly illustrated and tells superbly of the baptism of fire on D-Day in Normandy and the ensuing campaign. From the well known engagements near Ste Mere Eglise to the hilltop stand at Graignes, all of the unit's history is covered. Martin Morgan's friendship with the 507th veterans and meticulous research make this a book to treasure.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bryan M. Hassett on July 17, 2004
If you enjoy reading about World War II, then this book belongs in your library. Through the use of many period pictures, as well as modern pictures of the battlefield today, the author takes you through the experiences of the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment from training for the D-Day invasion through its first month of combat in Normandy. Highly Recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Booknut on December 25, 2006
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I bought this book for my husband from Lindsay Family Books through Amazon, and it arrived in excellent condition. This book meant a lot to my husband, since he had met several of the people in it and had travelled to Normandy with some of them. I made a mistake in leaving negative feedback for Lindsay Family Books because I thought the book had not arrived in good time. It had, in fact arrived, but no one here in the house had noticed it, and the tracking information did not indicate it had been delivered. It was found in time for Christmas, though, and it was the most meaningful Christmas present he received, according to my husband. Thank you, and my deepest apologies to Lindsay Family Books for the mix-up!
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D - Day

The Secret Massacre

1. Introduction
Shortly after 2am, on D-Day, 12 plane loads of paratroopers were scattered through the marshes, and hedgerows of the Cotentin Penionsula. Their situation was described in the book(1) “The 507th in Normandy.” They fought in brief, but fierce battles at Cher-du-Pont, Cauquigny, La Fiere and Graignes. Several readers, in the above citation, had major comments on this book.
● Morgan has presented a thoughtful study of the 507th involvement in the D-Day invasion. His book is well balanced use of individual interviews with veterans and objective tactical information. (By Danny Boy).
● This book belongs in every WWII library. The autrhor takes you through the history of the 507th regiment from training for the D-Day invasion to its full month of Normandy combat. (By Bryen M. Hassett).
● This citation covers more of the history of the 507th, from its WWII formation, through the heroic soldiers return to thee United States and their post-war lives. (By Paul Woodadge).
● This book gift meant a lot to my husband. He had met several of the people in it and had travelled with some of them to Normandy. (By Booknut).
These four reviewers all rated this book at a five star level.

2. Battle of Graignes
The key fight (2 was at Grainges. By 10am, 25 paratroopers had gathered in the village. Two hours later, more troopers arrived. By the end of June 7th the group had grown in size to 182, which included 12 officers.
(1) Landing and Village Help
The 3rd Battalion 507th were scattered over the marshes, south of Cotentin. “They were supposed to have been dropped 18 miles to the NW, near Amfreville, but instead ended up in the vicinity of the village, Grainges.
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