Currahee!: A Screaming Eagle at Normandy

Donald R. Burgett Stephen E. Ambrose

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Currahee!: A Screaming Eagle at Normandy

Currahee!: A Screaming Eagle at Normandy By Donald R. Burgett Stephen E. Ambrose Currahee A Screaming Eagle at Normandy The title represents the battle cry and motto of the famous Screaming Eagles of the st Airborne Regiment as they parachuted into Normandy in World War II This story told by a man who was there wa

  • Title: Currahee!: A Screaming Eagle at Normandy
  • Author: Donald R. Burgett Stephen E. Ambrose
  • ISBN: 9780440236306
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Paperback
  • Currahee!: A Screaming Eagle at Normandy By Donald R. Burgett Stephen E. Ambrose The title represents the battle cry and motto of the famous Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Regiment as they parachuted into Normandy in World War II This story, told by a man who was there, was first published in 1967 and appears in mass market for the first time Dwight D Eisenhower called this book a fascinating tale of personal combat.
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    1. Dirk Grobbelaar on said:

      So, how do you rate a war memoir Literary merit Hardly Consider there are numerous scenes in here that would have been considered over the top or unrealistic had you come across them in a fictional setting Problem is this really happened or at least there is no reason to doubt the book s claim to authenticity No dramatic flourishes here either it s a fact by fact, straight as a razor, recounting of events It is imperative that you read the introduction by Martin Blumenson since it sheds some lig [...]

    2. Chrissy on said:

      This was a fast paced, quick read that I enjoyed It s the first book in a series of 4 telling the author s story of being a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne during WWII This book covers his initial jump training, his time leading up to D Day, D Day itself, and the subsequent battles that followed over the next few days The author doesn t delve into bigger issues or about the war as a whole He simply tells you what he himself went through, so it s very action packed He doesn t hold anything ba [...]

    3. Jonathan on said:

      Excellent memoir, honestly written, truly a no holds barred look at training and the fighting in Normandy as seen by Burgett Highly recommended.

    4. Paul Carr on said:

      This is a very good first hand account of a paratrooper s training and combat with the 101st Airborne before and during the early days of the European invasion Donald Burgett shares graphic descriptions of battles and their aftermath, and these memories are the highlights of the book, emphasizing the atrocities of war without glorifying them It serves as a useful parallel narrative to the known Band of Brothers, covering similar timeframes and battles but without overlapping personnel.

    5. Killingsworth on said:

      My first serious introduction to WWII, read in 2015 John Keegan in The Second World War gives the reader an excellent and balanced one volume analysis of this crucial historical conflict At 500 plus pages, it is not a short read However, it is presented with a clear prose and provided me, as a beginner, enough material to understand the events and inspired me for further readings.

    6. Janet C. on said:

      This is an excellent memoir The author tells his story from his military training as a paratrooper to fighting battles he was in during World War II in Normandy I felt that his way of telling his own story made it real to me.

    7. S.A. Bolich on said:

      I first read this book as a very young teen in a Reader s Digest Condensed version a few years after it came out, and the imagery has stuck with me for all these years Some of the things he saw and survived were brutal and his luck was phenomenal, especially when you read all 4 of his books This is one of the most straightforward and completely honest combat accounts ever written Burgett spares neither himself nor those he feels screwed up around him, while giving praise wherever it is due His i [...]

    8. John Nevola on said:

      Don Burgett takes the reader on an interesting odyssey of recruiting, training and deploying paratroopers in World War II in Currahee The airborne experiment was totally new and untried in the United States Army and everything had to be learned from scratch As a result, initial standards for volunteers were extremely high and the hard training reduced the number of men even further The first airborne regiments consisted of the absolute best of the best when they finally deployed to Europe It was [...]

    9. Relstuart on said:

      A quick read but a good one The author of this memoir was a paratrooper in WWII In this book he tells his story of going thru training and how incredibly tough they were on people Shocking how many people died during training Those who washed out were sent to the military police MP Leading the paratroopers who made it resent the officious demeanor of the MPs If you have seen Band of Brothers and enjoyed it this is a great supplement as it shows some of the rougher edges and interesting things th [...]

    10. Knowlton Murphy on said:

      Reading Currahee is like sitting in a small town diner and drinking black coffee from a stained old mug with a too small handle you feel like you are in a different time and world Now imagine you are sitting in this diner with a guy who volunteered to jump out of a plane behind enemy lines, and who did in fact invade France You get brilliant stories of human strength and courage How anybody could survive what Burgett went through is beyond human reason Burgett does not describe deep emotional co [...]

    11. Shane Mcgonigal on said:

      Currahee is one of the best books that I have ever read For a book on World War II, it is the best one that I have ever read.Burgett is a natural story teller who brings you right into the training of a paratrooper that might be correct, I m not good with military terminology and then onto the bloodstained country of France during D day and the several days that were after it.He goes into just enough detail to keep you reading but without going into long explanations He does a marvelous job of s [...]

    12. Xon on said:

      This reads almost as a diary Burgett takes you from his training to become a paratrooper, to his life in England while waiting for the Normandy jump, to D Day and the close fighting with Nazis that ensued in the days after There is no strategy, no politics, no 40 year old man trying to make heads from tails on something that happened 70 years ago, and nobody s fourth hand interpretation of someone s stories or writings who was actually there You feel like you are there in all the confusion and f [...]

    13. Keith on said:

      Donald Burgett wrote 4 books about his experiences as a paratrooper This is the first book It is about training and his first combat jumping into France on D Day This is a great book from the private s point of view Easily one of the most readable memoirs to come out of WW2.I read this when I was about 12 and have read it over several times I can t recommend it highly enough If you want to know what the war was like throw out Stephen Ambrose and read this.Mr Burgett produced a video series in th [...]

    14. Granny2793 on said:

      Ah Currahee this book started it all During 8th grade a kid who hated reading I picked this book to end the year on This book was the greatest book I have ever read I stayed up all night school night reading this book This book got me started on reading Donald R Burgett can write this series of novels takes you through the entire 101st tour from Normandy to Germany It s not just a war story but a greater legend Highly recommend this war series, make your son read it and who knows maybe he will t [...]

    15. Tony on said:

      Not as good as the other books I ve read about the 101st, but this one was written 41 years ago before the whole Band of Brothers thing took off Very interesting, pretty blunt and plain spoken makes you look at these guys as regular old human beings just like the rest of us I think after watching Band of Brothers so many times I ve sort of come to identify these men as their characters in the movie but they re actual men who had the same fears and short comings and desires as I do This book made [...]

    16. Doug on said:

      This book should be required reading for all American citizens Like E.B Sledge s With the Old Breed , Currahee opens the civilian s eyes to at least a glimpse of how difficult war is It also gives one insight as to why we won World War II because the guys doing most of the combat had been trained under excruciating circumstances and had volunteered for the toughest airborne units.The bravery of these men most around 19 20 should never be forgotten They went up against the World s most formidable [...]

    17. Jenny on said:

      I really appreciate that it was written in a very clear and direct manner with anecdotes at appropriate places Near the end it got a little tedious with the military descriptions but the stark details of what it was like than made up for it It definitely gave me a different perspective of the 101st and made me realize how terribly young all of these enlisted men were I d definitely recommend to any fan of Band of Brothers.

    18. Angela on said:

      We actually bought this book in Normandy at Utah Beach, when the author was there over Memorial Day weekend doing a book signing The book is a really good account of one person s experience during D Day It gives a lot of insight into what it might have been like to be there, although I don t think anyone that wasn t there will ever be able to really understand I highly recommend this book to everyone.

    19. Hammonrs on said:

      Read the praise for page in the beginning of each book.They say it much accurately than I could Four booksin this series Currahee , The Road to Arnhem, Seven Roads to Hell, and Beyond the Rhine , read them all If you can t wade through all four books, at least read the last sentence in the last book.This series makes a good contrast to Churchill s Second World War which describes the overview of the war.

    20. Michael Romo on said:

      This is the story of Donald Burgett, a nineteen year old Paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division in World War II Burgett s discriptions of battle are fascinating and brutal, especial those of the chaotic drops and heavy loads carried by the paratroopers I also found very interesting his story of an Asian American doctor in combat and his description of a medical evacuation from the Normandy beachhead.

    21. Dave on said:

      Wow, just finished this read It was recommended and given to me by a good friend who has a history major from Purdue University He was right, this book puts you in the thick of battle during the Invasion of Normandy a few hours before D DAY You live the fighting, the action, the fear and the sorrow in real time The conclusion is sweet victory The book is endorsed by Eisenhower as a fascinating first person tale of combat, courage and endurance BRAVOwhat a book

    22. Brett Marshall on said:

      I give Currahee 5 stars it was an excellent book and a quick read but it pictured the true horror of war and how lucky he was because during training his whole squad died in a plane crash and he only survived cause he was injured I suggest this book to all that have as much interest in the 101 st airborne as I do.

    23. Chas on said:

      I remember the Bantam edition fondly from my youth, which I think was called As Eagles Screamed or something dramatic like that Burgett s books are pretty good, but they are all dreadfully short and need to be combined into one volume As first hand accounts from veterans go, this one is pretty evocative of the Normandy drop, probably his best, which ain t sayin all that much.

    24. Jeffrey Wood on said:

      The first serious book I ever read As a kid, still reading comic books, I found a first publication copy on my father s book shelf I ve lost count how many times I ve read it over the years Great book.

    25. Charles on said:

      I read this as a Reader s Digest Condensed version in 68 or 69 Loved it Then re read it in my 30 s after experience as a paratrooper Should have left it alone The Devils in Baggy Pants is a much better book and E.B Sledge s With the Old Breed is just haunting.

    26. June on said:

      Set in 1943, the author enlisted as a paratrooper This book is a record of his encounter with war The book has humor, pathos and it has violence and horror I d say it s quite a book if you care for this genre I think it may be an entirely too accurate portrayal about of WWII.

    27. Al on said:

      Good book that helps fill in some additional information about the 101st at Normandy If you like Band of Brothers you need to read this one also get balanced

    28. Eduardo Sturla on said:

      The best first person account of the Normandy jump Bar none.

    29. William on said:

      Another great book about the 101 air born And the horrors of war.

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