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Parachute Infantry: An American Paratrooper's Memoir of D-Day and the Fall of the Third Reich Paperback – October 29, 2002
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This book and bits of it are mentioned in Stephen Ambrose's excellent "Band of Brothers".
He doesn't write about incredibly fierce combat, indeed the most intense experience he relates is his experience in Holland. He claims to have only killed one German soldier for sure but, after seeing the Lager system, wishes he had killed more.
He has little love for the French, loved the Dutch and had a grudging respect for the German people. And his tales of his comrades and the friendships and intense loyalties with his squad mates make it clear what esprite de corps really arises from.
This book is masterfully written and a pleasure to read. After reading this text I am tempted to order Webster's book on sharks because I am sure it would be a pleasure to read.
If you like personal tales and are not looking for a definitive history of the 101st AirBorne (of which there are plenty written), then this book is as good as it gets.
On another note, Mr. Webster could not get this book published while he was alive, because back then, publishers were looking for more "sensational" fictional war novels. What could be more sensational than jumping into France on D-day or jumping into Holland during Operation: Market-Garden? It was not published until 1994 during the revived public interest in WW II triggered by the 50th anniversery of D-Day.
Thank you Mr. Webster - we are in your debt!
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I've read it and re-read it. Webster makes it very personal and human, while giving a new view of the now-famous Band of Brothers group. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
A great book on this topic. I can't get enough of reading about those intrepid doers in our army.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have read as many of the Band of Brothers related stories and this one was very well written. Every one has a different perspective and I learn more and more about their personal... Read morePublished 2 months ago by A. Wendlandt
In a way, if you're coming to this book through "Band of Brothers", "Parachute Infantry" is sort-of a "Rosencranz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Todd Mc.
A good read and a further insight into a WWII soldiers life.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
A little bit too much poetic description for me but still a good read from a different angle from a soldier/writerPublished 7 months ago by Rfiftyfour
I thought the stories very real and insightful and surprising coming from an infantryman who would have volunteered to be in an special force as the paratroopers.Published 7 months ago by Daniel
It's a first person point of view regarding the war. Webster was a Harvard student and he knows how he uses his words. Read morePublished 8 months ago by GGurl