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am 1. Januar 2000
As a former paratrooper, and having several uncles and older cousins who served in airborne units in World War II, I can only say that Mr. Burgett captures the essentials of airborne combat in WWII. One of my uncles had great difficulty reading this book. "It brought back too many memories". Mr. Burgett's earlier book, "Currahee", brought the reader to England prior to the NOrmandy invasion, and then to Normandy with all the confusion, savage combat and gallows humor found in line outfits. This volume continues in that line, and complements greatly works like "A Time For Trumpets" and Toland's "Battle". The book offers no political insights, second guessing of commanders. It offers the insight and observations of a young American GI fighting far away from home, watching friends die, and wondering who was next. A fine job!
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am 4. Februar 2013
Ein auch mit limitiertem englischen Wortschatz gut und flüssig zu lesendes Buch. Es schildert sehr anschaulich, zuweilen auch schockierend, die Erlebnnisse, die die Soldaten der 101st. Fallschirmjägerdivision bei der Unternehmung in und um Bastogne mitmachen mussten. Eher ein Buch für Leute, die auch die Sichtweise der einfachen Soldaten erfahren wollen. Allerdings bietet der Verfasser nicht nur seine detaillierten Erlebnisberichte, sondern auch einen groben Einblick über die militärischen Hintergründe, incl. Karten (die aber nur mit der Lupe lesbar sind).
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am 14. Januar 2000
Screaming Eagles in Bastogne. There isn't a better World War II story to be told. What makes this particular story good, however, is it's from a man who was there and, even better, it was written soon after the succession of hostilities in Europe while the events were still fresh in his mind. This is the main reason this memoir is so important; it is not a time-fogged recollection of an "old paratrooper," but instead an emotional depiction of the historic battle as it unfolded some 55 years ago. To begin with, the bookcover for Seven Roads to Hell is catching to the eye and what lies inside reads like the next Saving Private Ryan movie. Burgett is a master at storytelling. His down to earth prose tells of the everyday life of a unit going to combat. Even more intriguing is his interjection of important strategic underpinnings and an overview of the leaders that commanded the many units within the force at Bastogne. The tenacious "Nuts" McAuliffe's, and the ambitious Taylor's all come to life in this book as seen through the lens of a young soldier overcoming his fears and, as a part of a great combat team, put into action against a formidable foe. Seven Roads to Hell, as stated by historian Stephen Ambrose on the back cover, is one of the most honest books on combat written. Having survived the ultimate success in the mist of overwhelming brutality at Normandy and then surviving through the ill-fated combat assault at Operation Market Garden, Burgett tells a story of being surrounded by an impregnable enemy in wake of a successful drive east. Logistically unsupported, poorly fed, wantonly armed, and fatigued by days of fighting and long movements, it was the elite 101st s capabilities that held Bastogne in the freezing winter of 1944-1945 and to go on to success in post-Bulge battles. Burgett and Seven Roads to Hell have a clear "rendezvous with destiny" and that destiny is success. This is a must have chronicle. It comprises of two great stories; one being the daunted 101st Airborne and the other the American drive to win as seen in the Battle of the Bulge at Bastogne, Belgium. A must read.
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am 15. Juni 1999
Along with his earlier book, "Currahee", this has got to be among the best of all American personal combat accounts. The American paratroops who were thrown ill-equipped and under strength into the Bulge against battle-hardened nazi paratroops and panzer grenediers must be honored always for what they did and what they went through. However, reading this and other WWII books (Ambrose's "Band of Brothers" and "Citizen Soldier") while reminding you of what these men (and boys who became men) did and suffered, will also make your blood boil over the incompentence of the planners and the generals (Eisenhower, Bradley, et al.) who under-estimated the enemy's capabilities, didn't provide our soldiers with enough ammunition or proper winter/camouflaged clothing, and wasted lives with their egotistical stubborness and hair-brained battle schemes (Montgomery, especially). Don Burgett, Dick Winters and all the other troopers who were there (they should all be named) are American heroes, and we should never forget them.
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am 2. November 1999
This book was fantastic. It was a no-nonsense war book, which gives you the facts from a single soldier's perspective and lets you experience war without really being there, so you can know what its like without actually chancing your own death. The details from this book was astounding - so much that you will have no problem visualizing everything in this book. The book does a near complete and perfect job on telling its readers what one man can tell anyone about his experiences at war. Though the book does not really talk about what's gone on with the war up until then, it talks about what its there to talk about : The Battle of Bastogne, with such complete detail. The book is not here to lecture people on the lessons of war or to analyze history, but merely to give you an account , from a single man's perspective, of what one had to endure to hold the town of Bastogne.
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am 17. Dezember 1999
I have read many books containing first-person accounts of combat in WW2, and all contain amazing anecdotes and observations. But this gentleman is the most eloquently descriptive author I have yet read, and he achieves this with a very straight-forward, uncluttered use of language. There are no attempts at poetic artistry or vague mystical musings, just honest reporting. While reading this book I became so engrossed and "immersed", I felt like I had been there next to him. Simple yet detailed maps aid in tracking the author's movements and picturing exactly how this battle progressed. The things he lived through - such as his razor-close brushes with death - and his ability to relate them so clearly, are very powerful. I recommend this short book to anyone interested in even trying to grasp what those brave men went through.
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Thirty years ago, when I was in junior high school, I read Mr. Burgett's first book on his actions as a paratrooper during the Normandy Invasion. Over the years, I must have re-read this book probably twenty times. It was that good. Most books tell us what this unit did and what the other unit did, but Mr. Burgett tells us what he and his fellow squad members did. I can't believe there is any better history than that to tell. In his latest book, Mr. Burgett tells us about the second most important battle that the United States Army fought in Europe in 1944. I have ready many books on the Battle of the Bulge and I feel that this was one of the more important ones that I could have read.
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am 19. Juni 2000
Though I wondered if telling a story in the first person might leave me anxious to see the "big picture", I found the tale told by Mr. Burgett to hold my attention fast. There was more than enough detail in the story to allow me to visualize with apparent clarity what the men of the 101st experienced first hand in December 1944. As a fan of history, exspecially military history, and as a former paratrooper, I would strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about, no, make that experiencing, the combat of WWII from the G.I.'s perspective.
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am 2. Juli 1999
The experiences recorded by the author in his book are gripping and seem almost beyond human understanding. I am priviledged to be an honorary member of a D-day club which includes several former paratroopers who were at Bastogne. Their accounts of the battle confirm the accuracy of the author's descriptions. Readers of this book will find it heartbreaking to read of the magnitude of this carnage. It should be read by all so that the horror and insanity of war is grasped and avoided at any cost in the future. Well done Trooper Burgett!
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am 23. August 1999
This is one of the BEST 1st person accounts of the European theater of WW2 i've ever read. Don provides such detail that the reader is easily drawn in and absorbed in the moment. (How did he remember it all?). Most interesting are his thoughts about personal encounters with the enemy after his various skirmishes. I can almost feel the cold as i read about the GIs' lack of warm clothing, sleep, and food. It's a wonder anyone came out of that alive. Can't recommend this book highly enough.
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