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Parachute Infantry: An American Paratrooper's Memoir of D-Day and the Fall of the Third Reich (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 29. Oktober 2002


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  • Taschenbuch: 400 Seiten
  • Verlag: Delta; Auflage: Rev. (29. Oktober 2002)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0385336497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385336499
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15 x 2,1 x 22,9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 574.637 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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"Webster left this gutsy, sometimes bemused and sometimes angry memoir behind.... It bites and hangs on."—The New York Times"Beautifully written... perfectly evokes life and battle in a parachute infantry company."—The Washington Post Book World

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6 von 7 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 21. Oktober 1998
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David Kenyon Webster's personal account of the D-day invasion and the fall of the Third Reich is beautifully written and completely captivating. Though he did jump in Normandy on D-Day, and saw the war to the end, his actual combat experience was somewhat limited. He recalls only one definite kill, a retreating German soldier who was thought to be a runner. Webster admits that this action was one of the few times he ever fired his rifle in combat. For Webster, the real war was fought inside his mind, as he tried to find a personal acceptance and justification for being in the army and fighting in WWII. He starts the text by stating that in a letter to his mother, he tells her that the Germans must be brutally beaten and destroyed in their homeland, for that was the only way to ensure that they would never again try to wage war on the world. He later changes his mind by saying that he never believed in the war, and that the army was the most ineffeciantely run organization in the world. After liberating the concentration camps, Webster again admits that the war was necessary. He also toils with his love-hate relationship with the army. Though he constantly cursed the army, he closes by saying that he would not trade his experience for anything in the world. He was glad to be a part of WWII. Webster had his reasons for hating the army, but it should be noted that thousands of other soldiers felt that their military life was very gradifying and comfortable, and they were glad to have the experience. Many WWII soldiers say that the army (service) made them better people. With a negative and sometimes hateful tone, Webster vividly recounts his experiences. This book is a must read for anybody who is interested in learning what many soldiers were thinking and saying as they participated in the largest military invasion in history.
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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von real-booklover am 17. April 2009
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Nachdem ich die Biografie von Dick Winters ("Beyond Band of Brothers") gelesen habe, war ich sehr gespannt auf dieses Buch.
Ich wurde nicht enttäuscht.

Webster sieht den Krieg sehr kritisch und kommt ab und zu sehr hasserfüllt rüber.

Gut finde ich auch, dass auf den letzten Seiten seine Briefe abgedruckt sind, die er während des Krieges an seine Familie geschickt hat.
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Ich empfehle die Lektüre nach Band of Brothers (Buch und Film). Der Autor weiss die Szenen sehr lebhaft und beschreiben, so dass man wie er zu fühlen meint. Es fehlen viele Begebenheiten aus BoB, weil der Autor daran nicht teilnahm. Um einen Blick in die Soldatenseele zu bekommen, ist dieses Buch hervorragend.
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59 von 63 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
If you like first-hand accounts� 23. Februar 2001
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then this is an excellent book. David Webster is at times introspective, bitter, proud, angry and, like all combat troops, depressed and frightened. On more than one occasion the reader wonders why he volunteered in the first place. But his story is so convincingly told, so personal, that the reader experiences the same conflicting emotions. This narrative of a paratroop over Normandy and beyond, fills a gap left in most other accounts of the airdrop on the western flank of Overlord. Webster masterfully moves the reader with him, dressing out for the big jump. Assignments are reviewed, equipment is explained in detail, the movement of men on to the tarmac by truck, the numbness over the Channel, the searchlights probing the night skies and, finally before the jump, the hellish flack. Realism is maintained throughout the work as much of it was based on letters written during the war and recollections reduced to writing shortly after the war.
This book and bits of it are mentioned in Stephen Ambrose's excellent "Band of Brothers".
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Not your ordinary soldier 17. September 2005
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Kenyon, as he calls himself in his letters home, wrote a fascinating experience of the Second World War and the now legendary 506 PIR. This book differs from so many other first person texts in that it is written by a man with a fair amount of education prior to the war and based on the content of his letters home to his parents, Kenyon was not from a stereotypical 1930's family.

He doesn't write about incredibly fierce combat, indeed the most intense experience he relates is his experience in Holland. He claims to have only killed one German soldier for sure but, after seeing the Lager system, wishes he had killed more.

He has little love for the French, loved the Dutch and had a grudging respect for the German people. And his tales of his comrades and the friendships and intense loyalties with his squad mates make it clear what esprite de corps really arises from.

This book is masterfully written and a pleasure to read. After reading this text I am tempted to order Webster's book on sharks because I am sure it would be a pleasure to read.

If you like personal tales and are not looking for a definitive history of the 101st AirBorne (of which there are plenty written), then this book is as good as it gets.
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One Man's personal struggle with war 21. Oktober 1998
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David Kenyon Webster's personal account of the D-day invasion and the fall of the Third Reich is beautifully written and completely captivating. Though he did jump in Normandy on D-Day, and saw the war to the end, his actual combat experience was somewhat limited. He recalls only one definite kill, a retreating German soldier who was thought to be a runner. Webster admits that this action was one of the few times he ever fired his rifle in combat. For Webster, the real war was fought inside his mind, as he tried to find a personal acceptance and justification for being in the army and fighting in WWII. He starts the text by stating that in a letter to his mother, he tells her that the Germans must be brutally beaten and destroyed in their homeland, for that was the only way to ensure that they would never again try to wage war on the world. He later changes his mind by saying that he never believed in the war, and that the army was the most ineffeciantely run organization in the world. After liberating the concentration camps, Webster again admits that the war was necessary. He also toils with his love-hate relationship with the army. Though he constantly cursed the army, he closes by saying that he would not trade his experience for anything in the world. He was glad to be a part of WWII. Webster had his reasons for hating the army, but it should be noted that thousands of other soldiers felt that their military life was very gradifying and comfortable, and they were glad to have the experience. Many WWII soldiers say that the army (service) made them better people. With a negative and sometimes hateful tone, Webster vividly recounts his experiences. This book is a must read for anybody who is interested in learning what many soldiers were thinking and saying as they participated in the largest military invasion in history.
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The Other "Band of Brothers" 5. Juli 2003
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If you have read and enjoyed Band of Brothers by Steven Ambrose and/or have seen the HBO mini-series, then this book is a must read! The author, David Kenyon Webster, is one of the "Band of Brothers" and is the main character in episode eight, "The Last Patrol". This book is a fast paced, sometimes humorous, and often moving account of the late Mr. Webster's experiences during WW II. If you can imagine reading "Band of Brothers" had it been wriiten by one of the participants, that will give you an idea of what this book is like. Some elements of the Band of Brothers mini-series were obviously taken directly from Mr. Webster's book, and I thought he should have received more recognition in the credits.
On another note, Mr. Webster could not get this book published while he was alive, because back then, publishers were looking for more "sensational" fictional war novels. What could be more sensational than jumping into France on D-day or jumping into Holland during Operation: Market-Garden? It was not published until 1994 during the revived public interest in WW II triggered by the 50th anniversery of D-Day.
Thank you Mr. Webster - we are in your debt!
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Parachute Infantry's Journey to Publication 24. November 2002
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Those of you who have read Stephen Ambrose's book, Band of Brothers, will remember David Kenyon Webster as a passionate and articulate member of Easy Company, the unit also featured in HBO's "Band of Brothers" miniseries. Webster wrote Parachute Infantry shortly after the end of World War II; it languished during the post-war years, when memoirs of regular soldiers were of little interest to publishers.

After Webster's untimely death in 1961 at the age of 39, his widow continued to believe in the manuscript and approached publishers without success. After the late Stephen Ambrose came upon the manuscript while researching Band of Brothers, he recommended it to Louisiana State University Press. Parachute Infantry: An American Paratrooper's Memoir of D-Day and the Fall of the Third Reich, with an introduction by Stephen E. Ambrose, was published by LSU Press in 1994, just in time for the 50th anniversary of D-Day. The book received excellent reviews.

Last year, Webster's widow, the long-time champion of Parachute Infantry, approached Dell Publishing, a division of Random House. Dell was a likely choice: it had published a mass market paperback of Webster's shark book, Myth and Maneater: The Story of the Shark, when the movie "Jaws" was released. She felt that Parachute Infantry could find a wider audience now, given the interest in HBO's "Band of Brothers." Dell was interested, and went back to the original manuscript to produce a revised and expanded edition of the book.

In October 2002, this new edition of Parachute Infantry was published. It features over 100 pages of previously unpublished material, including 20 letters home, and restores some of the grittier language and actual names that were used in Webster's original manuscript.

If you want to know more about the men of Easy Company, as seen through the eyes of one young private, read this book. Webster takes you from training at Toccoa, through jumps on D-Day and in Operation Market Garden in Holland, and to the last days of the war in Germany. It is an excellent companion piece to Band of Brothers (the book or DVD/video), and a powerful, unforgettable book on its own.
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