Friday, March 06, 2009

Easy Company Soldier

Easy Company Soldier is the Fourth recent book book by Easy Company Veterans, and is by far the best. I've already read and enjoyed Dick Winter's Beyond Band of Brothers and Wild Bill's and Babe's Brothers in Battle. The only book so far that I haven't enjoyed is Buck Compton's Call of Duty which I flicked through for a good hour one day in Borders. I have of course read Ambrose's Band of Brothers (twice) and watched the HBO mini-series around 20 times.

The interesting thing about these books is, whilst they all tell that same story, they each remember some of the details differently. of course, they all played different roles and saw different battles, but so far I haven't found my self getting bored by the same old story being told a different way.

From the dust jacket:
Sgt. Don Malarkey takes us not only into the battles fought from Normandy to Germany, but into the heart and mind of a soldier who beat the odds to become an elite paratrooper, and lost his best friend during the nightmarish engagement at Bastogne.

Drafted in 1942, Malarkey arrived at Camp Toccoa in Georgia and was one of the one in six soldiers who earned their Eagle wings. He went to England in 1943 to provide cover on the ground for the largest amphibious military attack in history: Operation Overlord. In the darkness of D-day morning, Malarkey parachuted into France and within days was awarded a Bronze Star for his heroism in battle. He fought for twenty-three days in Normandy, nearly eighty in Holland, thirty-nine in Bastogne, and nearly thirty more in and near Haugenau, France, and the Ruhr pocket in Germany.

This is his dramatic tale of those bloody days fighting his way from the shores of France to the heartland of Germany, and the epic story of how an adventurous kid from Oregon became a leader of men.

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