- Gebundene Ausgabe: 262 Seiten
- Verlag: Louisiana State Univ Pr; Auflage: New. (Mai 1994)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0807119016
- ISBN-13: 978-0807119013
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,1 x 2,5 x 15,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 165.168 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Parachute Infantry: An American Paratrooper's Memoir of D-Day and the Fall of the Third Reich (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – Mai 1994
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"Gutsy, sometimes bemused and sometimes angry … it bites and hangs on" (New York Times)
"[A] first-rate, skillfully written soldier's story" (Booklist)
"Beautifully written and perfectly evokes life and battle in a parachute infantry company" (Washinton Post)
"He understood the ties that bind men in battle have more to do with brotherhood and its obligations than ties to God or country" (Kirkus Review)
"Perfectly pitched ... an authentic witness to the combat experience" (Booklist) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
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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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This book and bits of it are mentioned in Stephen Ambrose's excellent "Band of Brothers".
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.
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!
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.