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Glider Infantryman: Behind Enemy Lines in World War II (Williams-Ford Texas AM University Military History Series) ePub download

by Donald J. Rich,Kevin William Brooks

  • Author: Donald J. Rich,Kevin William Brooks
  • ISBN: 1603444246
  • ISBN13: 978-1603444248
  • ePub: 1434 kb | FB2: 1413 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Leaders & Notable People
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press; 1st edition (November 22, 2011)
  • Pages: 288
  • Rating: 4.7/5
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Glider Infantryman: Behind Enemy Lines in World War II (Williams-Ford Texas AM University Military History Series) ePub download

Series: Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series (Book 136). Glider Infantryman went a long way towards providing that insight

Series: Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series (Book 136). Glider Infantryman went a long way towards providing that insight. The detail of troop movement, combat encounters and especially the memories from survivors gave me understanding for what my father faced, and at least some appreciation of how he must have felt. 3 people found this helpful.

Series: Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series (Book 136). After talking with co-author Kevin Brooks I purchased and read this book. Paperback: 288 pages. Publisher: Texas A&M University Press (January 18, 2013). It was very descriptive from the point of view of a young kid who becomes a front line soldier who experienced much in the way of combat, survival, and army life in general. Most of the relevant books that I've read dealt with troop movements, particulars of various battles and decisions made by the commanders that influenced the battles.

In the beginning of World War II the Royal Navy was still the strongest navy in the world, with the largest number of warships built and with naval bases across the globe. Totalling over 15 battleships and battlecruisers, 7 aircraft carriers, 66 cruisers, 164 destroyers and 66 submarines. In the course of the war the United States Navy grew tremendously as the United States was faced with a two-front war on the seas. By the end of World War II the . Navy was larger than any other navy in the world.

As a teenager when World War II ended in 1945, I often spoke to returning veterans and listened closely. I remember their faces, especially their eyes. The sheer brutality of the killing left them mostly silent and grateful to breathe. Those men inspired in me a sense of duty and courage that I have never forgotten. Publisher: Texas A&M University Press (October 20, 2011). Publication Date: October 20, 2011.

Glider Infantryman book . Published November 22nd 2011 by Texas A University Press (first published October 20th 2011). Glider Infantryman written by Donald J. Rich and Kevin Brooks is a great true story about WWII that left me wanting to know what would happen next. Donald J. Rich is 17 year old who is from a small town in Iowa called Wayland. During WWII, Donald(also know as Don) was drafted to serve and to become part of the Screaming Eagles 101st Airborne Division as a bazooka gunner.

Coauthored by Kevin Brooks, the son of Rich's best friend and World War II comrade, Glider Infantryman covers a span of nearly three years; his return home . Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History. Texas A&M University Press.

Coauthored by Kevin Brooks, the son of Rich's best friend and World War II comrade, Glider Infantryman covers a span of nearly three years; his return home, five months after the war's end, as a toughened bazooka gunner and veteran of five campaigns. Detailed, day-to-day depiction of some of the heaviest fighting in Holland follows, including the action at Opheusden, the center of the infamous "Island.

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Glider Infantryman is Number 136 in the Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series. A university press–produced volume is held to a more rigorous standard of scholarship than other similar memoirs. Glider Infantryman is no exception. Coauthored by Kevin Brooks, the son of Rich's best friend and World War II comrade, Glider Infantryman covers a span of nearly three years; his return home, five months after the war's end, as a toughened bazooka gunner and veteran of five campaigns.

A member of the famed Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division, Donald J. Rich went ashore on D-Day at Utah Beach, was wounded in the bloody conflict at Carentan, landed in a flimsy plywood-and-canvas glider on the battlefields of Holland, and survived the grim siege with the "Battling Bastards of Bastogne" during the Battle of the Bulge. Glider Infantryman is his eyewitness account of how he, along with thousands of other young men from farms, small towns, and cities across the United States, came together to answer the call of their nation. It is also a heartfelt tribute to the many thousands who gave their lives in this struggle.
YSOP
Donald did not join the army voluntarily but after basic training, did express an interest in the glider infantry. It was not a role you could nominate for but Don did end up with G Company, 327th Gilder Infantry Regt of the 101st Airborne Division. With this famous formation he participated in the battles of Normandy, Holland and Bastogne.

The author gets straight into his war service. He trains and then departs for England. Don is an observant man and he has much that is interesting to say about transport and other day-to-day activities. He is a decent man and he had some lovely interactions with British families prior to D-day. Despite their glider training, their entry to Normandy is by boat. They then advance to find the Germans and there is excellent detail on this. The roads, hedges and waterways make it very complicated and the enormous confusion of their first action is very well described. Don is wounded and evacuated. Again, there is much to learn about the process here.

Don did enter combat by glider in Holland, as part of Market Garden. This was exceptionally interesting. There was significant flak and there are some remarkable stories. While the companies early operations were basically clearing German positions, the ensuing campaign to establish themselves and hold ‘The Island’ was extensive. They faced ferocious German attacks and it is astonishing that the line was held. They were at all times subject to German shelling and the conditions were awful. There are heavy casualties and some distressing events take place.

The Bastogne battle is also very fierce. Don is stationed in Marvie which is subjected to some strong attacks. The line is very fluid and confusion, on both sides, is rife. The Germans have some powerful forces here, including tanks. On this, for the bulk of his combat time Don is a bazooka man. In my reading this is a bit of a first, so his actions operating this weapon were quite interesting. Following their relief they participate in the counter-offensive and after a brief break, the advance into Germany and ultimately occupation of Berchtesgaden.

This is a very interesting story. The key element is the sometimes extraordinary detail that Don gives, virtually day to day and blow by blow. I found it absorbing! It seems that co-writer Brooks put most of it together but it is strongly based on Rich’s vivid first hand recollections as well as excellent research (there is an impressive index and chapter notes) that gives useful context to the operations. While the battles are extremely well conveyed there is also much else of interest. Don’s connection to his comrades is clear and then there are the many frustrating things about an army; poor supply and planning, excessive demands on combat soldiers, unfairly allocated rewards etc. The war impacted Don’s post-war life considerably and he writes how his new-found religious faith saw him through. This was a powerful passage for me. I have reviewed many US airborne accounts now (see my list) and I found this book to be in the top echelon. The detail is of an impressive level and Don has an amazing story to tell. Very highly recommended. 4 ½ stars
Makaitist
Many of us who have served in the 101st Airborne Division are proud of our "Airborne" heritage. Most of the images of the Division from World War II are of the jumps into Normandy and Market Garden. Often overlooked are the contributions of the Glider Infantry Regiment, the 327th GIR. This work adds balance to our retrospection and provides one heckuva story in doing so.

Donald J. Rich came back to Iowa after the war and got along with his life. In that he was like veterans from every one of our Nation's wars. His best friend's son was always intrigued by the fact that "Mr. Rich" had served in the 101st Airborne Division. Kevin Brooks determined to follow a career in "words" as a reporter. Later, he decided to capture Don Rich's memories from the war.

Rich's story resonated with me. My father and uncles, each a veteran, were also mid-westerners. None of them would have served if the war had not occurred. The "regularness" of Rich's recollections of enlisting, training, troop trains, combat training, his decision to become a glider infantryman struck a chord with me. Though he followed a different path, he was the sort of man who populated my home town when I was a youth. He was a regular, decent American boy.

After deploying to England, he joined his unit in the amphibious assault of Utah Beach at Normandy since there were insufficient aircraft for a glider insertion. He describes the fighting at Normandy and how he was wounded at Carentan. After recuperating, he re-joined his unit and made a glider insertion during Market Garden. He continued with the 327th GIR through Bastogne and the subsequent fighting to the end of the war.

This is, what I term, an "Ernie Pyle History." It tells the story of a man and his comrades in the greatest war in history. The story has the tone of authenticity. That authenticity is reinforced by Rich's description of his resentment at not being promoted. Despite being a veteran ... and survivor ... and being repeatedly tagged to lead his squad, his captain would never promote him to sergeant. During the Battle of the Bulge, he was tasked to lead a section of men to guard a road and farm house. His sergeant told him to hold the position and not to leave until properly relieved. Unfortunately, he and his men apparently were forgotten at that location. It wasn't until days later that they were relieved and reunited with their unit.

I can barely remember what I had for breakfast and Vietnam is nearly a blur, so the detailed tracking of dates and places stateside and in Europe that we find in this work is particularly impressive. This memoir is an obvious testament to great interviewing and research techniques by Kevin Brooks as much as it is to a good memory or notes by Donald Rich.

This is a good, American story well told. I enjoyed it. I highly recommend it.
romrom
There are two striking things about this account:

1. How significant a part of the 101st the 327th glider regiment was. Their experience is so often overlooked yet they were in the thick of all significant actions throughout the war. I've read quite a bit about 101st's paratroopers and was amazed to have never read about the glider troops who fought in the same battles, often right alongside paratroopers. This is especially apparently in reading about the fierce fighting NE of Carentan, and the incredible actions around Marvie at Bastogne. The actions are breathtaking by themselves and it is hard not to wonder how they've been virtually ignored in many other texts.

2. The humanity of Mr. Don Rich. His story is told with humility and honesty. Never overbearing and with an eye for detail, this book does a great job of conveying the cumulative effects of the war on young men like Mr. Rich. I most appreciated Don's feelings on some perhaps uncomfortable aspects of dealing with replacements, his feelings towards his officers, his thoughts about his family, and his evolving religious beliefs. Truly inspirational and all conveyed with uncommon depth and honesty.

A final thought -- Don manned a foxhole adjacent to one of the more storied incidents in 101st history when the Germans demanded the surrender of Bastogne. His first-hand account is fascinating for the detail it adds, as well as the limited viewpoint that a guy in a foxhole had. Crazy to think he was literally there yet probably didn't fully realize what had just happened.

Thank you Mr. Rich for your service and Mr. Brooks for co-authoring this excellent work.
spacebreeze
If gave you the glider piolets side of the war and my doctor father was a glider pilot in WWII.
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