No Surrender: A World War II Memoir

No Surrender: A World War II Memoir

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by James Sheeran
     
 

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No Surrender is the true story of an American WWII soldier who escaped a Nazi POW train and fought in the French Resistance, rivetingly told by the man himself.

A paratrooper in the 101st Airborne, James Sheeran was just a kid when he floated into Normandy-part of the historic invasion that brought more than a hundred thousand Allied soldiers into

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No Surrender is the true story of an American WWII soldier who escaped a Nazi POW train and fought in the French Resistance, rivetingly told by the man himself.

A paratrooper in the 101st Airborne, James Sheeran was just a kid when he floated into Normandy-part of the historic invasion that brought more than a hundred thousand Allied soldiers into Nazi-occupied France. He survived D-Day only to be captured by German forces. Barefoot, starved, and sleep-deprived, he was forced on a marathon march, exposed to fire from American fighter planes, and herded onto a train to Germany.

But, using his jump knife, he carved his way out of the boxcar and leaped into the countryside. Stumbling into a French village, he found his way with the aid of the underground network, and fought alongside a guerrilla faction of the French Resistance.

This gripping account of war-torn Europe is, ultimately, a story about humanity's capacity for self-sacrifice and remarkable endurance. Here Sheeran shares not only the details of his extraordinary wartime experience, but the private thoughts that guided him in his darkest moments. It is an unforgettable memoir that will speak to anyone who has faced adversity and refused to admit defeat.

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Readers will marvel at the heroics of this 19-year-old paratrooper after he floated down on D-Day into Nazi-occupied France. In this account of courage and endurance, Sheeran (who died in 2007) was a private with the 101st Airborne when he was captured by the enemy, rounded up with other POWs and marched through American bombs and aircraft strafing to a German camp, chatted up by Axis Sally, and herded before the French in Paris for Gestapo newsreels. He covers it all: the starvation, the exhaustion and hopelessness of captivity, and the suffocating boxcars of the prisoner train. Eventually, the plucky private and his pals escape into the dark and freedom. Each of Sheeran's chapters is devoted to a grander feat of daring than the last—joining the Resistance, battling the Germans toe-to-toe, repeating the same feat his father performed in the previous war. This is a moving portrait of a humble man who was awarded a Bronze Star and named a chevalier of France's Order of the Legion of Honor, going on after the war to become a respected New Jersey politician. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425245385
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/07/2012
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
595,251
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

James Sheeran was named a chevalier of the Order of the Legion of Honor-France's highest order-for his heroic experiences during World War II. He was also awarded a lifetime achievement award by the New Jersey Assembly and the Congressional Bronze Star by the U.S. A former mayor of West Orange, New Jersey, he died in July 2007.

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No Surrender 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
MossyOak1787 More than 1 year ago
I like WWII books and other war books written in the first person, about the actual events that happened to them. This is one of those books. James Sheeran tells his story about jumping over Normandy on D-day, being captured by the Germans, escaping the POW camp and re-entering the war to fight the Germans again in the Battle of the Bulge at Bastonge, Belgium and Foy. Sheerans journey follows many of the same battles as the iconic book and movies series "Band of Brothers", but the story told in this book is nothing like the "Band of Brothers" story. In closing, a unique, courageous, and historical journey that any one who enjoys history would enjoy. I would highly recommend this book.
DINO642 More than 1 year ago
Since I was a member of 101, I've always wondered about their history in WW 11, now I know. This is a must read book, for people who want to know about our service men and women, and how they thought and what America meant to them. If you read it you"ll know.
Jeremy Holden More than 1 year ago
Jimmy and Bernie, against all odds, escape their captors and rejoin their unit to fight in the Battle of the Buldge. This was a great read.
hootz More than 1 year ago
Bravery, amidst dark hours of uncertainty kept me turning the pages. Jimmy had much to overcome and the bravery to share his most personal memoirs with us. A must read for those who enjoy nonfiction WWII events that changed lives forever.
Connor Smith More than 1 year ago
Great book that is action packed and tells a lot about WWII history. Couldn't out it down.
Tony Kromko More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! I have read many books relating to the atrocities of Japanese POW's and the hereoism of American soldiers but this book showed the true grit of our American troops!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book in my life awesome i wanna meet you james youre my hero
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this one three times! One of my favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am alittle kid and this book was awesome. i recommend it for anyone who like war stories
Max Simpson More than 1 year ago
This book totally rocks i love it
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