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The Resource Parachute infantry : an American paratrooper's memoir of D Day and the fall of the Third Reich, David Kenyon Webster ; introduction by Stephen E. Ambrose

Parachute infantry : an American paratrooper's memoir of D Day and the fall of the Third Reich, David Kenyon Webster ; introduction by Stephen E. Ambrose

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Parachute infantry : an American paratrooper's memoir of D Day and the fall of the Third Reich
Title
Parachute infantry
Title remainder
an American paratrooper's memoir of D Day and the fall of the Third Reich
Statement of responsibility
David Kenyon Webster ; introduction by Stephen E. Ambrose
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Language
eng
Summary
  • An English literature major at Harvard with a talent for writing, twenty-one-year-old David Kenyon Webster volunteered for duty in the U.S. Army's parachute infantry in 1943 with the aim of seeing combat firsthand and then describing his experiences. His introduction to warfare came at the invasion of Normandy on D-Day in 1944
  • Webster went on to see considerable action in the next two years, serving as a combat infantryman in the campaign through northwest Europe, during which he was twice wounded. He wrote Parachute Infantry a short time after the war, relying on his letters home and recollections he penned right after his discharge, making his memoir much closer to the war than most such works
  • With its abundant dialogue, charged descriptions of places and events, and skillful evocation of emotions, Webster's narrative resonates with the immediacy of a gripping novel
  • The memoir is divided into several episodes. The first takes place in May and June of 1944 and provides a detailed, suspenseful account of Webster's participation in the events of D-Day. The next covers several days in September, 1944, when Webster parachuted into Holland and then as part of a group of soldiers advanced through small towns, freeing them as the Germans retreated, until he was shot in the leg and forced to leave his unit
  • The narrative then picks up in February, 1945, after Webster has returned to his unit, and describes several weeks near the end of the war in Europe, when German resistance was still strong but weakening. Then comes the Allied victory in 1945. We see Webster's platoon arriving at Berchtesgaden (Hitler's vacation retreat in the Alps) right before V-E Day and the celebrations and lax discipline that followed the final collapse of the Third Reich
  • In the last section of the book, Webster recalls the monotonous routine of occupation duty, concluding with his return to the States in early 1946 to be discharged
  • Stephen E. Ambrose, director of the Eisenhower Center at the University of New Orleans, introduces Parachute Infantry, pointing out as two important strengths Webster's honesty and his ability to describe so well his fellow soldiers - men he never would have known or associated with in civilian life but with whom he developed the strongest bonds during his wartime experience. Parachute Infantry proves to be a riveting account of a young soldier's experience of war
Summary
In a fascinating memoir of life as a paratrooper during World War II, the author describes his career with the 101st Airborne Division, drawing on the letters he sent home during the war and personal reminiscences to offer vivid portraits of his fellow soldiers and the harsh realities and tragedies of war. Reprint
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Booklist Editors' Choice, 1994.
Biography type
autobiography
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Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
940.54/2142
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
D762.N6
LC item number
W43 1994
Literary form
non fiction
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adult
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an American paratroopers memoir of D-Day and the fall of the Third Reich
Label
Parachute infantry : an American paratrooper's memoir of D Day and the fall of the Third Reich, David Kenyon Webster ; introduction by Stephen E. Ambrose
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Publication
Contents
The Jump into Normandy -- The Windmills Were Wonderful -- Our Home Was Secure -- Hitler's Champagne -- After the Fighting -- Winding Down
Control code
1242957
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xx, 262 p.
Isbn
9780807122228
Isbn Type
(alk. paper : pbk.)
Lccn
93033488
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ill
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  • (OCoLC)ocm29025956
  • (OCoLC)29025956
Label
Parachute infantry : an American paratrooper's memoir of D Day and the fall of the Third Reich, David Kenyon Webster ; introduction by Stephen E. Ambrose
Publication
Contents
The Jump into Normandy -- The Windmills Were Wonderful -- Our Home Was Secure -- Hitler's Champagne -- After the Fighting -- Winding Down
Control code
1242957
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xx, 262 p.
Isbn
9780807122228
Isbn Type
(alk. paper : pbk.)
Lccn
93033488
Other physical details
ill
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm29025956
  • (OCoLC)29025956

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