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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.
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About the Author
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
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