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All the Way to Berlin: A Paratrooper at War in Europe Hardcover – March 4, 2003
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Others will say he is an ultimate hero. His own account indicates
to me he is like many men, somewhere between hero and villain.
And his account is above all else, frank and honest.
Megellas was not a cook, senior officer, engineer. His
Military Occupational Specialty was as he says plainly to "kill
Germans". Megellas makes it clear that persevering amidst so
much death required an unpleasant "kill or be killed", "war is
hell" mentality. Megellas admits he was brutal but that so were
the Germans and that killing can get personal if a buddy is killed.
If you like the clean Patton, Ike, Hollywood portrayals of D-Day
and Market Garden, this book is not for you. He doesn't hide his
grunt's contempt for higher-ups (Colonels and higher) or rear
echelon support types. Nor does he hide the savage behavior of
war-hardened troopers: looting dead Germans, his own stealing of wine from a church.
The book is good for authentic accounts of patrols, army jargon,
equipment (US and German), tactics, etc. Those who liked Band of
Brothers may like this. I sure did.
Is this book a glorification of war or a condemnation of its
brutality?? It's hard to tell! The author disliked patriots at
home who had an innocent view of war but he says clearly that
the Germans and Italians deserved what they got.
Lt. James "Maggie" Megallas was the most decorated officer of the 82nd Airborne Division following World War II. From the rugged mountains of Naples in winter, and the beaches at Anzio, to the Battle of the Bulge, few men have survived more combat. 'All the Way to Berlin' is a sobering account of his experiences. I was awestruck by the daring and heroic crossing of the Waal River and the capturing of the bridges at Nijmegen as part of Montgomery's "vainglorious" Market Garden operation.
I pray that for the sake of the future of our nation you will remember these men and share their story with someone you love.
The action is sparingly interspersed with poignant reflections about the role of the paratrooper during WWII. On page 72, for example, Megellas comments very honestly on the meaning of "War is Hell" to a paratrooper compared to commentators who have never been in battle. A commentary on page 85 based on a speech Eisenhower made to the troops in England I found to be insightful as well.
H Company did it all in WWII, which makes this book especially significant from a historical perspective. Regarding the crossing of the Waal River, Megellas says on page 139: "In daring and heroics, it was a feat perhaps unequaled by American forces anywhere in World War II."
There are many accounts in this book I have not seen elsewhere including of how my uncle, S/Sgt David "Rosie" Rosenkrantz, was killed in Holland a week after the Waal River crossing.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read real stories of what what happened to our fighting men in WWII. (By Dr. Phil Rosenkrantz, Cal Poly University, Pomona)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thank you for the very prompt delivery of this excellent book written by a World War II American hero. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read anything on WW2 and I can say that I learned much more about life as a combat soldier. "Maggie" is truly the example of why our men in WW2 defeated those that wished to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert
The author was a good statistician and historian but as a storyteller, not so much. Really disappointed in this narrative.Published 4 months ago by William W. Fourt
excellent book by a true hero. I recommend this book to all WWII readers.Published 8 months ago by Me
A great history from a great American I had the pleasure to meet years ago.Published 9 months ago by TTech