A true story,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Currahee!: A Screaming Eagle at Normandy (Taschenbuch)
In a diary like style the book takes the reader to the very beginnigs of Mr. Burgetts life as a soldier. From enlinsting over the paratrooper training to the invasion of the Normandy.
There Mr. Burgett sees a perfect plan of invasion falling into shambles. After the Jump the invasion is pure Chaos. Cut off from his comerades without a clue where he has landed Mr. Burgett united with other soldiers and together they started their own little war to accomlish what they had been ordered to do and to restore contact to their fellows. What sounds ridiculous is a true story and all but ridiculous - it is terryfing - it is war. Due to the initiative of many of theese brave little groups trying to find out where they are and trying to find their fellows and keeping up with the objectives this part of the invasion was turned into success.
Reading the rather "cold" desription of the things he did or saw one might think Mr. Burgett was extremly cold blooded. But going deeper one gets a glimpse of what war relly means and one starts to wonder how these young "boys" where able to stand this hell. And more than one time one asks, as Mr. Burgett does, how could he, how could anyone stay alive in this hail of bullets and grenades.
The book shows also that war is not only bloody - it means also being dirty, hungry, thirsty, afraid, wet and cold.
If you want to know what the invasion was like, what war is like. Well sit down and listen to a veteran - it is worth reading every word.