Fighting Fox Company: The Battling Flank of the Band of Brothers

Fighting Fox Company: The Battling Flank of the Band of Brothers

by Bill Brown, Terry Poyser

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Fighting Fox Company: The Battling Flank of the Band of Brothers by Bill Brown, Terry Poyser

Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division has become one of the most famous small units in U.S. history, thanks to Stephen Ambrose's superb book Band of Brothers, followed by portrayals in film. However, to date little has been heard of Fox Company of that same regiment-the men who fought alongside Easy Company through every step of the war in Europe, and who had their own stories to tell.

Notably this book, over a decade in the making, came about for different reasons than the fame of the ""Band of Brothers."" Bill Brown, a WWII vet himself, had decided to research the fate of a childhood friend who had served in Fox Company. Along the way he met Terry Poyser, who was on a similar mission to research the combat death of a Fox Company man from his hometown. Together, the two authors proceeded to locate and interview every surviving Fox Company vet they could find. The result was a wealth of fascinating firsthand accounts of WWII combat as well as new perspectives on Dick Winters and others of the ""Band,"" who had since become famous.

Told primarily through the words of participants, Fighting Fox Company takes the reader through some of the most horrific close-in fighting of the war, beginning with the chaotic nocturnal paratrooper drop on D-Day. After fighting through Normandy the drop into Holland saw prolonged ferocious combat, and even more casualties; and then during the Battle of the Bulge, Fox Company took its place in line at Bastogne during one of the most heroic against-all-odds stands in U.S. history.

As always in combat, each man's experience is different, and the nature of the German enemy is seen here in its equally various aspects. From ruthless SS fighters to meek Volkssturm to simply expert modern fighters, the Screaming Eagles encountered the full gamut of the Wehrmacht. The work is also accompanied by rare photos and useful appendices, including rosters and lists of casualties, to give the full look at Fox Company which has long been overdue.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612002125
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
Publication date: 01/19/2014
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 657,244
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

William “Bill” Brown was born in Belleplane, Kansas in October of 1927. He is a retired air traffic controller and private pilot. Bill also served in the US Navy in WW2 (1945). He lives in Southern California.

Terry Poyser is a police officer and parachutist who began researching Fox Company in 2000. He has made numerous trips to the battlefields in Europe and traveled throughout the United States to interview veterans for his research. He currently lives in Northern California. William “Bill” Brown was born in Belleplane, Kansas in October 1927, and is a retired air traffic controller and private pilot. Bill also served in the US Navy in WWII. He lives in Southern California.

Table of Contents

Preface & Acknowledgments 7

1 Toccoa 11

2 Parachute School 25

3 Furloughs, Camp Mackall, and the Tennessee Maneuvers 38

4 Fort Bragg, Camp Shanks, and the HMS Samaria 54

5 England 58

6 D-Day Flight 84

7 D-Day Night Jump 92

8 Chaos, Confusion, and First Blood 102

9 First Day in Normandy 113

10 Normandy 128

11 Carentan 138

12 Winding Down 152

13 Back in Aldbourne 159

14 Holland 165

15 On the Move and Black Friday 175

16 Gus and Pop 188

17 The Island 192

18 Patrols 202

19 Quail Hunting 211

20 Bastogne 218

21 Foy 230

22 On the River 239

23 Tent City 248

24 The Rhine 253

25 The Alps 259

26 Moving Back 272

Afterword Two Men Who Fought 276

Appendix A Company Rosters 281

Appendix B D-Day Sticks 287

Appendix C Orel Lev's Distinguished Service Cross Citation 289

Appendix D Manning Haney's Distinguished Service Cross Citation 291

Selected Bibliography 293

Index 297

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