- Taschenbuch: 288 Seiten
- Verlag: Louisiana State University Press; Auflage: Reprint (September 1997)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 080712222X
- ISBN-13: 978-0807122228
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 22,8 x 15,2 x 1,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 3.870.748 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) 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.
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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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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.
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'
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.
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.