By Anthony Kemp, Angus McBride
Winning generals have all had the facility to set up a rapport with either their staffs and their males; all of the nice Allied commanders of worldwide battle II portrayed during this ebook had this skill to a better or lesser quantity. the second one global conflict, in contrast to the 1st, fostered the projection of 'characters', due to the ability of the media. Montgomery and Patton may possibly either have made a occupation in exhibit enterprise; yet this doesn't reduce their status as box commanders. Anthony Kemp does a first-class activity of studying the careers and personalities of the Allied Commanders who engineered the downfall of Hitler.
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The barracks were a treat—the best quarters I had in the Army. Each sleeping room had been occupied by 12 French soldiers. However, we slept on double bunks and so had 24 men in each room. Almost all of the members of the Battery “B” detail section were able to sleep in one room. This was the first time since I joined the 321st in September of 1943 at Watcombe Farm that I had enjoyed indoor plumbing and so this was, indeed, a treat. As we recovered from the shock of not having to go into the cold night air just to use the toilet facilities, we began recleaning our equipment and thinking about passes to Rheims, a nearby city.
When I was finally ordered out of the truck, I found that I was now part of the rear echelon of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. I had first seen the Screaming Eagle patch of the 101st back in Anniston and had hoped that I would eventually become a member of that division. Now, at last I had. Our camp was located a mile east of the town of Hungerford on an estate called Denford Park. The officers were quartered in a manor house while the enlisted men’s quarters, mess hall and recreation hall were in Quonset huts scattered among the trees along the driveway.
Upon the urging of former airborne soldiers and their family members, members of the British airborne forces and airborne history buffs, I took it upon myself to do a second account. This one was the 72-day campaign of the 101st Division in Holland as part of the Market-Garden operation. The second account became Hell’s Highway. A total of 612 individuals provided narrations for this one. Included were stories by parachutists and glidermen of the 101st Division, a member of the British 1st Airborne Corps, pilots and crewmen of the troop carrier planes, glider pilots, members of the Dutch underground and many Dutch citizens who recalled our mission to their land in September of 1944.