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  • Hardcover: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books; First Edition edition (July 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574882589
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574882582
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A very inspiring book . . .a quick read and filled with action.” -- On Point

“written with freshness, reflection, and humor, earning justified praise for the author’s courage and his pen.” -- The State

About the Author

T. Moffatt Burriss is a former South Carolina State legislator. He lives near Columbia, South Carolina.

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It works out very well and makes for a very well told story.
Toe Tag
Mr. Burriss' is thoughtful enough to include the accounts of others who were there in order to give the reader the benefit of multiple perspectives.
Phillip Nordyke
The book has a very personal feel to it, as Burriss holds very little back.
R. Charles Petch

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Nordyke on November 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I found Mr. Burriss' book to be very compelling. His book gives the reader background information regarding the circumstances that led to the writing of this book. He gives his perspective then and now regarding his participation in some of history's greatest battles and the 504th PIR's greatest feats of arms. He gives the reader who is not intimately familiar with military history an overview of the campaigns of the 82nd Airborne in Sicily, Italy, Holland, Belgium, and Germany. But, in order to give the reader a picture of what life was like as a platoon and company commander with arguably the best division in World War II, he relates his first hand experiences and those of others who fought with him in a very well written manner.
Unlike Mr. Gudmens, I found Mr. Burriss' combination of his first hand experiences along with that of others, his perspectives then and now, and an overall picture of campaigns to be very useful in getting a fuller picture of what happened during combat against German forces.
Every combat veteran will remember certain aspects of a firefight, artillery barrage, attack, etc., while another who was there will remember things differently. Mr. Burriss' is thoughtful enough to include the accounts of others who were there in order to give the reader the benefit of multiple perspectives.
His book begins with his journey after 50 years to the battlefields of his youth. There he visits the places where he and his men fought with incredible bravery against, in many cases, overwhelming odds. Mr. Burriss visits the graves of his men in Italy, Holland, and Belgium, whose bravery still serve to inspire him today.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. Charles Petch on December 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Strike and Hold follows the author and his unit in the 82nd Airborne from the invasion of Sicily to Italy, to Operation Market Garden in Holland, to the Battle of the Bulge, and the conquest of Germany and Berlin. It is a personal account of the day to day battles fought by Captain Burriss and his comrades in the foxholes. His memories of each battle are detailed and vivid, and he supplements them with extended passages written by other soldiers who fought by his side. Each major battle is covered extensively, and the book ends with his return to Holland in 1994 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the crossing of the Waal River.
The book has a very personal feel to it, as Burriss holds very little back. He doesn't say much about high level strategy, but tells the story of the everyday foot soldier slugging it out with the Germans under the most miserable conditions imaginable. His story reads very much like Stephen Ambrose's Citizen Soldier, except that Burriss was there himself, and all of the contributors whom he quotes at length were there with him. I cannot emphasize enough what an excellent personal account this is.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By yessca on January 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is about the missions of the 82d though out Operation Market Garden and other battles of the war. It follows a Plt. Leader, Burris on his accounts. The book had a very different feel than other war books. Burris gives accounts that he remembers and he also gives accounts of what other parratoopers saw, giving a true and honest approach. The book covers a small part of Operation Market, remember it is just following a plt. leader and his men.
The letters he puts in the book shed a new light on things. I like the fact that the letters where not cut down and where printed in their true form.
I liked the book very much and have great respect for Mr. Burris. The book is very easy to read it is not full of all that military jargon like other books.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By gene on November 18, 2001
Format: Hardcover
One of the best WW2 books I have ever read. Could not put it down. It is real. It is unique, not a re-hash of all the other books out there. You are there with the author. You can tell it is written from experience. GLad I ran across it!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James M. McNamara on January 12, 2002
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This is a no frills history of the Third Battalion 504th. Written by a contributor to Cornelius Ryan's "A Bridge Too Far". T. Moffatt Burriss took part in every major campaign the 504th was in from Sicily,Salerno,Volturno River,Anzio,Holland,Belgium and finally Germany. If you are interested in the history of one of the premier battalions in one of the best airborne regiments in WWII I recommend this book. This is a nice tribute to "Those Devils in Baggy Pants".
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ron R. Glaeseman on January 1, 2002
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In his personal memoir, Strike and Hold, L. Moffatt Burriss relates an account of his World War II experiences as a platoon leader, then company commander in the 504th PIR of the 82nd AD. After a brief introduction describing his training and shipment oversees, Capt. Burriss describes three important engagements, which he participated in. The first was a drop into Sicily, the second was the struggle to maintain the beachhead at Anzio, and the third was the drop into Grave, Holland as part of the Market-Garden operation. Of the three, the operation at Grave, the crossing of the Waal River, and the subsequent capture of the Nijmegen bridge strikes me as the most traumatic of Burriss' combat experiences. The Waal crossing and attack were sheer hell and Burriss' account describes it in agonizing detail. Especially distressing to this reader was the account of the stalled British armored column, under General Horrocks. As their paratrooper comrades were being slaughtered at Arnhem, Captain Carrington (subsequently Lord Carrington) was brewing tea and waiting for orders to advance. This after the 504th had fought and died to gain the bridgehead to allow the Brits to advance.
Capt. Burriss was also present at Cheneux, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. Unfortunately for this reviewer, he says little about it. The reason is unknown. Either he had little recollection of the event, or there wasn't a great deal to tell. In any case, Capt. Burriss has written a moving and poignant remembrance of the Second World War, and his reasons for fighting the war, and his speculation on whether today's generation could make such a sacrifice make this book a "should read" for any reader interested in why we fought.
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