- Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Dell Publishing Company (1 Sept. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440236304
- ISBN-13: 978-0440236306
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.7 x 17.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 383,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Currahee!: A Screaming Eagle at Normandy Mass Market Paperback – 1 Sep 2000
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The book covers the period from his induction into the new paratroop regiment to the end of his fighting in Normandy through injury. The initial phase of his training outlines the brutal training regime and vividly illustrates the "who cares?" attitude of all involved. (for example, when he breaks his leg in a training jump, he is left to crawl home on his own)and then the initial deployment to England for further training. The whole exercise is enjoyed by the young recruits as if it was a big outward bound course, and the ironic detachment of the young men is illustrated when they witness a German torpedo attack on their own ships - they cheer the Germans for their audacity as they watch the ships sinking.
The entire first half portrays the process whereby the young men are violently reduced to a point of blind obedience and conditioned responses - they pass their spare time playing dangerous practical jokes on each other, and going into town to have violent fights with rival regiments and the military police; failing that they fight with each other.
The last half of the book concerns the actual combat experience, and it is a visceral and graphic account of the horrors of war. Even so, the narrator's over-riding characterisation of himself and his friends always seems to be the desire to do a good job, and not let the side down, even to the detriment of their humanity.Read more ›
This is a story of one man from the day he joins this unit, through the training in The States, billeting in England and then finally the drop into action.
It is very much a personal account and his memories recall stories of humour,heroism,sacrifice and graphic portrayals of the real horror of war. The latter point is most exemplified at one point in the book where they are attacking across an open field and his friend running near him is hit by a shell which removes the top half of his body, leaving the legs to run on for a few more steps !
A book which I could not put down and would thoroughly recommend to anyone who is interested in personal accounts of this period in our history.
What he does so well is provide really good (and sometimes distressing) detail, but not in a glory seeking or headline grabbing way. He is almost casual in his descriptions and feelings towards what he saw. Apart from the gripping descriptions of battle, what he sees, smells and thinks, along with the imense sense of purpose, really gives you a pretty raw account of war on the front-line.
For those of you who want to read between the lines a bit more, you see Burgett change from a teenager with no fear, to a battle hardened paratrooper, detached almost from reality, with only really one mantra; kill or be killed.
The book gives a great insight into the comradery with his fellow 'troopers and the whole Band of Brothers analogy. They really would die for each other. Some of the descriptions of what Burgett saw (and did) are so graphic and almost unbelieveable, you end up reading it 2 or 3 times just so that it can sink in.
This book does not glorify war, there are no egos in play. It simply shows how dirty, messy and disorganised war can be. There are no real `winners` and on both sides people suffer. It's a gripping read and makes me grateful for the sacrifices that people made and the fact it should never happen again in my lifetime.
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Another comprehensive view of those that risked their lives for freedom.Published 7 months ago by Mr. A. Brodest
bought for my hubby, who is in the forces, loves it - more background on the band of brothers series,Published on 18 July 2013 by Rebecca J Parker
Really insightful narrative. Burnett is very clear in his descriptions of events that would baffle and confuse the best of minds.Published on 28 Jun. 2013 by s llewellyn
I really don't know what to make of Donald Burgett! Once I had started reading I could hardly put the book down and it was an unbelieveable read. Read morePublished on 20 Mar. 2013 by Mr. D. Rudd