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Book Title: As Eagles Screamed|
The author of the book: Donald R. Burgett
Edition: Bantam Books
Date of issue: February 1984
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So, how do you rate a war memoir? Literary merit? Hardly.
Consider: there are numerous scenes in here that would have been considered over-the-top or unrealistic had you come across them in a fictional setting. Problem is: this really happened (or at least there is no reason to doubt the book's claim to authenticity). No dramatic flourishes here either; it's a fact-by-fact, straight as a razor, recounting of events.
It is imperative that you read the introduction by Martin Blumenson since it sheds some light on one or two inconsistencies (if you're the nit-picking type), taking into account that the author, as a frontline soldier, wasn't always aware of the bigger picture and is recounting events as he himself remembers them. This is his truth, and what a truth it is!
What this book sets out to do, it does exceptionally well. It's a snapshot, from a paratrooper's point of view, of those first chaotic hours of the invasion of France. If ever you've harboured some doubt that war is indeed hell, then this book should set you straight fairly quickly. It's often a harrowing read, especially since the events are (for the most part) depicted rather dispassionately.
As an intimate, first hand, account of men at war, I doubt if you could go wrong with this novel. There are some pretty bizarre situations in here, and the mind-set of the airborne soldier in 1944 takes some getting used to, but it was quite literally a case of desperate situations calling for desperate measures. These were people (boys) who were trained with one purpose in mind: killing! And kill they did (they were referred to by the Germans as the Butchers mit big pockets). Many of them died too. Read this and weep.
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Read information about the authorDonald R. Burgett was a writer and a former World War II paratrooper. He was among the Airborne troopers who landed in Normandy early on the morning of June 6, 1944 (D Day). He was a member of the 101st Airborne Division (United States), ("The Screaming Eagles"), and the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Burgett served in 'A' Company, 1st Battalion, 506th PIR as both a rifleman and a machine-gunner.
Burgett parachuted into Holland, his second combat jump, as part of Operation Market-Garden, and fought for 72 days behind the German lines. After just a few weeks rest, he was again sent into combat, this time at the Battle of the Bulge, where the 101st, along with Combat Command B of the U.S. 10th Armored Division (United States) and the all African American 969th Field Artillery Battalion successfully held out against nine German armored divisions during the siege of Bastogne. Burgett went on to fight through Operation Nordwind, on into Germany to the Ruhr Valley, the Rhineland, and Bavaria. While in action with the 101st, Burgett was wounded three times and had his M1 rifle shot out of his hands at least twice. He was one of only eleven men out of the original 200 in his company to survive from D-Day in Normandy to the war's end.
In addition to writing four books, he has also appeared in a number of History Channel specials on World War II.
Burgett's books are first-hand accounts of his time spent in the United States Army during World War II. Some were based on unpublished accounts he wrote immediately after the war, while others were compiled in later years.
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