Hours before dawn on June 6, 1944, the American 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions dropped in Normandy behind Utah Beach. Their mission--to establish a firm foothold for the invading armies. What followed if one of the great and veritable stories of men at war. Although the Germans defenders were spread thin, the hedgerow terrain favored them; and the American successes when they eventually did come were bloody, sporadic, often accidental. As the threads of the operation twine together, combat soldiers emerge as they really are...face to face with danger and with themselves. Seldom before have Americans at war been so starkly and candidly described, in both their cowardice and their courage. Brigadier General S.L.A. Marshall collected information for this book by direct interviews with the men in the field within days after the action took place in June, 1944. His notes have served as the raw material for several histories, written by others, of the Normandy invasion. But now for the first time we have his unvarnished account of the fighting, often in the very words of the officers and men themselves, organized and made eloquent by a man who more than anyone else living has the writing power and the military experience to tell the layman just what infantry warfare is like.
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Book Description Battery Pr, 1982. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110898390621