Sgt. Don Malarkey takes us not only into the battles fought from Normandy to Germany, but into the heart and mind of a soldier who beat the odds to become an elite paratrooper and lost his best friend during the nightmarish engagement at Bastogne.
Drafted in 1942, Malarkey arrived at Toccoa Camp in Georgia and was one of six soldiers who earned their Eagle wings and went to England in 1943 to provide ground cover for the largest amphibious military attack in history: Operation Overlord.
In the darkness of D-Day morning, Malarkey parachuted into France and, within days, was awarded a Bronze Star for his heroism in battle. He fought for 23 days in Normandy, nearly 80 in Holland, 39 in Bastogne, and nearly 30 more in and near Haguenau, France, and the Ruhr pocket in Germany.
This is his dramatic tale of those bloody days fighting his way from the shores of France to the heartland of Germany, and the epic story of how an adventurous kid from Oregon became a leader of men.
©2008 Don Malarkey and Bob Welch; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio
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this was a great listen. im a big fan of the hbo series "band of brothers." i very much enjoyed this. not a waste of a credit!!!
This book is a bit me-centric. Seems to be written to make Malarkey out to be the leader of the band rather than part of the band. That's not really it but after listening to Babe and Garnell's accounts this book seemed a bit egotistical. Worth listening to but pick it as your first Band of Brothers book then listen to the other.
Of all the memoirs by members of Easy Company from the Band of Brothers, this has been the best. It explores feelings in depth both from that time and looking back from the present. It admits the fear the man had and the postwar depression he suffered. Yes, it still has the battles and fighting, behind the scenes stories that make it exciting, but it offers much more.
Malarkey and Welch do a good job of building up to and relating the tension and exhaustion of Army Airborne training and combat. They do this without ignoring the internal social and psychological dialogues Malarkey had throughout his life. I found the overall arc of the story enlightening, tracing the soldier from his boyhood through his old age. Excellent narration also made this an easy and enjoyable listen for someone already familiar with the historical events involved. It's a man's perspective.
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