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Parachute Infantry: An American Paratrooper's Memoir of D-Day and the Fall of the Third Reich (Englisch) Taschenbuch – September 1997

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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: Gebundene Ausgabe.


The remarkable memoir that inspired Band of Brothers … -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.

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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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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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4.0 von 5 Sternen NO BOASTING; JUST THE FACTS. 8. August 2016
Von Marigold - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I liked this book even though, as others here have mentioned, Webster is no hero. However, unlike those others, it doesn't bother me.
Webster is simply telling his story...faults, character defects and all and I respect him for not trying to tart himself up with vainglorious boasting.
He was a normal guy who found himself in that hell of a mess.....and like almost every, other young man of his time.... found it repulsive.
I've read quite a few of these WW2 memoirs, bios and autobiographies (Captain Dick Winters who truly WAS a hero being my favorite) and am wondering if heroism might have its own scale.
To my thinking, not running away is heroic in itself.
Raw courage is a rare and fascinating phenomenon.
I couldn't judge harshly anyone who went and fought in that time and place...when satan truly did rule the earth.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen The most literate 'brother' 30. Juni 2009
Von John E. Larsen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Love that title - well the `Parachute Infantry' part and I quite liked the book as well. It took me a little while to get into Webster's style or at least the point of view he takes but then I found it a very interesting read indeed. In fact the full reproductions of a number of Webster's amazingly detailed letters in the appendix were a real treat.

Webster was with the 506th Para Regt of the 101st Airborne. After a bit of bouncing around he ends up with `E' company and it was fascinating reading his take on the `Band of Brothers' exploits. Obviously his account was written a few decades before Ambrose and the subsequent TV series and it is quite evident that this was a primary source for those efforts. Note though, not all of the TV `Webster' is faithful to what is revealed in this book. If the series is of interest to you, there is much here to flesh out some of the stories and characters. I enjoyed making the connections.

Webster's account starts with the waiting for D-Day. He spends quite a bit of time being frustrated and stuffed around. It is very clear early on that Webster is a great cynic about military life. His attitude is ironic given his decision to volunteer. He recognises this and writes about the contradictions. His views are very interesting. He was a highly literate and thoughtful man and it is fascinating at times to read his thoughts on everything. Anyone who can write, "The night was a collie that barked and whirled around us, and we were the sheep, pushing together for warmth and courage" will do me. He makes routine things, like ratting through houses fascinating. The last quarter of the book, regarding the occupation, is surprisingly good value.

There is lots of combat, including some great stuff in the air prior to his two jumps. His D-Day revelations seem a bit short at first but he later reflects back on various events. The encounter and destruction of a battalion of 6th FJ is particularly eye opening. There is a lot more detail regarding his time in Holland, including his involvement (initially) with the fight on the Island. Webster has a great eye for detail and his descriptions are very vivid. Dialogue is sharp and the pages just flew. He only writes once about shooting a German soldier. Interestingly he doesn't dwell on this. Given his anti-army stance it is also intriguing that he shows no reluctance to kill. The incident with the wounded German on the river bank who they tried to kill with grenades is also quite revealing - Webster had planned to swim across and bayonet him! So some good combat accounts but very a few where Webster himself is pulling the trigger. He claims though to have been known as the worst shot in the company.

There is a lot to be fascinated by here. His cynicism towards the army stands out but he really shines when writing of his return to `E' Co after recovering from wounds. He is overjoyed to be back but jarred to learn of all the deaths in the Ardennes. No other author has captured the camaraderie and resultant pain so well. Webster's war was not as horrific as others here and though he was very much a combat soldier, he didn't reveal a lot of his own involvement and I've chopped a star off accordingly. Even so, I enjoyed this book so I'll hedge slightly and on balance, describe it as - `Quite highly recommended'
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A good read. 13. Juni 2016
Von UrbanMonique - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A bit earthier and less elevated than Ambrose's Band of Brothers, Webster's version is a great adjunct to the Ambrose book and video series. I also strongly recommend Don Malarkey's book, if you're of a mind to explore further.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Best Band of Brothers Autobiography 18. Mai 2008
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This book is the best autobiography written by a member of the "Band of Brothers." If you have seen the mini-series, then you are undoubtedly familiar with David Kenyon Webster, the Harvard English-lit major who could have probably been an officer or at minimum, a clerk but who chose to join the Paratroopers so he could fight the war first hand and write about it.

What is great about this book, as opposed to the others written by the members of this famed unit is the fact that it was still written during his youth without a lifetime of, well, life to diminish the memories. He speaks frankly about what he felt and admits to the fear, boredom and camaraderie from fighting in war.

When reading, one will notice several differences between his experiences and what was on the Band of Brothers mini-series and one that comes to mind was in the mini-series when a bunch of troopers crossed a river to get a prisoner. In the movie, Webster was there but in the book, he states that he didn't go (mainly because he didn't volunteer to do it!)

He speaks frankly and honestly about this disdain for officers (how Generals don't know how to speak on an enlisted-man's level and how they associate their speeches to football) and even mentions how Nixon was kind of bragging about going to Yale but he kept his mouth shut but could have told him that he went to Harvard.

I would rate this book up there with the other "must read" from an airborne's perspective, that being Curahee by Donald Burgett--a book also written soon after the war's end.

Please get this book immediately--you will not regret it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Parachute Infantry's Journey to Publication 24. November 2002
Von Teresa Book - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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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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