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Features 122 photographs—including many previously unpublished images by famed combat photographer Robert Capa—and 4 maps.

Features 122 photographs -- including many previously unpublished images by famed combat photographer Robert Capa -- and 4 maps.

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Features 122 photographs—including many previously unpublished images by famed combat photographer Robert Capa—and 4 maps.

Features 122 photographs -- including many previously unpublished images by famed combat photographer Robert Capa -- and 4 maps.

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Tells the story of the F Company of the 513th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 17th US Airborne Division. Describes the selection and training of this elite force and their actions against the German Army in Belgium during the hardest European winter in 40 years. This account honestly describes the paratroopers' ruthlessness in combat and demonstrates how sometimes deadly mistakes in judgment by higher commanders were transcribed on the battlefield, resulting in high casualties. Material draws on first-person accounts of some 100 men of F Company and other associated organizations. Includes b&w historical photos. Author information is not given. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764311727
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Series: SkipSearch
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 1,000,441
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.86 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 5
Prologue 8
Chapter 1 What I Call Southern Charm 13
Chapter 2 Out of the Frying Pan 44
Chapter 3 McGoldrick and his Forty Thieves 72
Chapter 4 And Into The Fire 101
Chapter 5 Perfect Targets 146
Chapter 6 Swatting at Tigers 193
Chapter 7 Nobody Goes Back 239
Chapter 8 Reorganizing for Varsity 256
Chapter 9 Like Bolts from Heaven 284
Chapter 10 Spearheading East 322
Epilogue 378
Appendixes 380
Notes 429
Published Sources 454
Index 458
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"An essential immediacy accompanies war. No place is it felt more intensely than among the young men whose job it is to do the actual killing. At the time this story takes place most of the men in it were only nineteen years old. The United States had been at war for almost two years when enlistment or the draft inducted them into the brotherhood of war and began to instill in them a new morality, one which made killing a virtue and proclaimed Duty its god. The army didn’t want any choir boys. What they needed was "a bunch of damn killers in uniforms," and that’s what they got. The Sky Men is their story. (From the Preface)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2005

    A VERY underrated title!

    If you thought you liked Ambroses's 'Band of Brothers' then you should definitely read this very well researched and written book.

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