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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Megellas Narrator: Richard M. Davidson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In mid-1943 James Megellas, known as “Maggie” to his fellow paratroopers, joined the 82nd Airborne Division, his new “home” for the duration. His first taste of combat was in the rugged mountains outside Naples.

In October 1943, when most of the 82nd departed Italy to prepare for the D-Day invasion of France, Lt. Gen. Mark Clark, the Fifth Army commander, requested that the division’s 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Maggie’s outfit, stay behind for a daring new operation that would outflank the Nazis’ stubborn defensive lines and open the road to Rome. On 22 January 1944, Megellas and the rest of the 504th landed across the beach at Anzio. Following initial success, Fifth Army’s amphibious assault, Operation Shingle, bogged down in the face of heavy German counterattacks that threatened to drive the Allies into the Tyrrhenian Sea. Anzio turned into a fiasco, one of the bloodiest Allied operations of the war. Not until April were the remnants of the regiment withdrawn and shipped to England to recover, reorganize, refit, and train for their next mission.

In September, Megellas parachuted into Holland along with the rest of the 82d Airborne as part of another star-crossed mission, Field Marshal Montgomery’s vainglorious Operation Market Garden. Months of hard combat in Holland were followed by the Battle of the Bulge, and the long hard road across Germany to Berlin.

Megellas was the most decorated officer of the 82nd Airborne Division and saw more action during the war than most. Yet All the Way to Berlin is more than just Maggie’s World War II memoir. Throughout his narrative, he skillfully interweaves stories of the other paratroopers of H Company, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. The result is a remarkable account of men at war.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tim | 11/7/2013

    " A great accounting of events in the European Theater of WWII. An excellent companion is Band of Brothers (TV Series). I also recommend A Bridge Too Far (Movie), as a contrast. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chris | 2/20/2011

    " I really liked reading this book, it was well written and offered keen insight into some basic leadership ideas. I also appreciated reading about the personal views of battle presented by the author and other paratroopers who served in the 504th Parachute Regiment of the 82nd Airborne "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chris D | 12/11/2010

    " I really like the way the book is told. It makes the war sound much more interesting when told from the perspective of one of the men in it. It has just the right amount of action and story telling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by James White | 8/20/2010

    " Very anecdotal but I found extremely interesting tale from the ground level. His insight into what those at the front were actually thinking and how they acted definitely provided new insight to me. "

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