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Parachute Infantry: An American Paratrooper's Memoir of D-Day and the Fall of the Third Reich Paperback – 1 Oct 2002

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  • Paperback: 379 pages
  • Publisher: Delta; Rev ed. edition (Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385336497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385336499
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 649,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Webster left this gutsy, sometimes bemused and sometimes angry memoir behind.... It bites and hangs on."--"The New York Times""Beautifully written... perfectly evokes life and battle in a parachute infantry company."--"The Washington Post Book World"

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The remarkable memoir that inspired Band of Brothers … --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book really takes you beneath some of the important events from training for D-Day to the end of world war Two. It brings you into the mind of one who was there. It is a great accompliment to Band of Brothers and fills in the human story that is sometimes missing. Where Band of Brothers lets us know the historical background of what happened, Webster lets us know how the footsoldier saw his superiors and judged their decisions. He explains the highs and lows and his reflections of conquering Europe and how he reacted to Europeans and how the different people reacted to him. This book is at times a deep spiritual journey that is a must for anyone interested in how and why men did what they did. Why it was refused for publication in the 1950's beggers believe.
Webster's illustrations of maps and soldiers and his letters to his parents are worth it on their own.
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I thorough recommend anyone who has read Band of Brothers to read thisbook. Band of Brothers whilst an excellent book was put together from thememories of those who served in Easy Company some 50 years after the endof the war, and interpreted by American patriot Stephen Ambrose who onoccasion lapses into dewy-eyed romanticism. Webster's book was written inthe early 1950's from his personal memories and using his own letters andis a more raw account than the often rose-tinted spectacle served up bythe TV series. Webster tells it like it is, fully admitting his fear ofbattle and hatred of life as a soldier. It is as fresh and a sobering aread as anything written today.
I don't know why in the last episode of Band of Brothers when describingwhat each soldier went on to do no mention was made of Webster writingthis book. If they had it would provide a facinating reference for fans ofthe series and another perspective on the experiences of the 101st.Perhaps there lies the answer.
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For fans of Band of Brothers, both the book and TV series (Speilburg/Hanks) David Kenyon Websters memoirs of his experiences in the 506th PIR are more than a complementary read.
Not only a young and gifted writer, his observations and opinions give a much better insight into the story of E company.
In fact do not be fooled by the TV series Band of Brothers, as good as it is, it has been changed significantly and does not always show events as they really happened, but rather re-hashes through a mixture of Ambrose's original book, interviews with other veterans and Websters personal memoirs. I would recommend this book highly to anyone who watched episodes 8 and 9 of Band of Brothers and wants the true detail behind Websters experiences and his fellow soldiers in company E in Germany. His account is personal, emotive and cuts through the Hollywood perception of guts and glory. Webster tells it his way, a war of fear and personal survival, a struggle with courage and inner strength.
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This is the best WW2 book i've read and i've read a lot. It's written like a novel and is as gripping as it could be. Yet it is all true. Written after the war by one of the band of brothers (who died before it was fully published) it gives a full and detailed account of his experiences. Landing behind lines at D-Day, in holand and at the end of the third reich.
EXCELLENT. Buy it.
You won't be sorry.
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I'm glad I read this memoir because it put the 'Band of Brothers' record a bit straighter! David Webster was portrayed as a shirker and barrack room lawyer in the TV series but in fact what he was, was a man who volunteered to fight as an infantryman when, as an educated man he could have taken the safe option. He was a patriot and believer in his cause but had no time for fools. As we discover, although in the 2nd Bn 506 PIR from the beginning, he did not join Easy Coy until after D-Day, but he fought bravely with them until the end of the war. I feel sad that he admired so many of his comrades and Officers only to be let down on many occasions. He greatly admired Colonel Sink, but the first time he spoke to him he was reprimanded for wearing the wrong uniform in the HQ building! I understand his disappointment.
A brave man and a well written and enthralling memoir.
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After Band of Brothers, reading this book gave me a greater insight into the life of a solder during world war two. Webster writes immediately after the war, and so has yet to comprehend the 'bigger picture' of what he had achieved. There are no reflections on the nature of war, nor how the conflict shaped the future of Europe. What you get is an honest account of life on the front line. After this book I went back and read Band of Brothers. Both should be required reading for any one interested in the history of war, and how history is 're-written' by the passage of time
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The day I read Band of Brothers, my life changed forever. My newfound obsession with WW2 led me to many other detailed accounts of the war- None of which begin to compare with the blunt realism and honesty of David Webster's emotionally charged memoirs. Parachute Infantry spares the reader the usual, patriotic, Hollywood image war, and presents the true account of the average soldiers life. An absolute MUST HAVE for the casual ww2 reader, and for the hardcore enthusiast, especially if you have read Band of Brothers.
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