In June 1944, the Allies launched a massive amphibious invasion against
Nazi-held France. But under the cover of darkness, a new breed of fighting man
leapt from airplanes through a bullet-stitched, tracer-lit sky to go behind
German lines. These were the Screaming Eagles of the newly formed 101st
Airborne Division. Their job was to strike terror into the Nazi defenders,
delay reinforcements, and kill any enemy soldiers they met. In the next seven
days, the men of the 101st fought some of the most ferocious close-quarter
combat in all of World War II.
Now Donald R. Burgett looks back at the nonstop, nightmarish fighting
across body-strewn fields, over enemy-held hedgerows, through blown-out towns
and devastated forests. This harrowing you-are-there chronicle captures a
baptism by fire of a young Private Burgett, his comrades, and a new air-mobile
fighting force that would become a legend of war.
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