This powerful, action-packed memoir puts us in the middle of the legendary fighting force known as the Screaming Eagles. Along the way, Donald R. Burgett, just 19 years old at the time of the battle, vividly captures some of the most horrific action of World War II. From point-blank tank assaults to hand-to-hand combat, Private Burgett and his cold, hungry, and wounded fellow paratroopers stood against an overwhelming enemy force - and won the battle that secured victory for the Allies in World War II.
©1999 Donald R. Burgett; (P)2001 Random House Inc., Bantam Doubelday Dell Audio Publishing, a Division of Random House Inc.
5 stars isn't enough. You'll feel the whine of the bullets and feel the thump of the explosions as Narrator David Guion takes you through some of the bloodiest combat in World War II. Writing as a survivor of the Bulge, author Donald Burgett gives us a "you are there" dimension to the daily life and experience of the combat soldier in the European Theatre. This is some of the finest historical writing of the combat experience in WWII. If you've ever wondered what combat is like, get this book.
This first person account is well done as it describes one American's stand at Bastogne in the winter of 1944. The story is detailed from the infantryman's viewpoint and packs a great deal into about an hour's narrative. It is not intended as a treatise on the strategic or major operational history of the Bulge but deals with the view from one foxhole.
The NRA interviewed Mr Donald Burgett in The American Rifleman. I very much enjoyed the interview article and Mr Burgett's first hand accounts of his war experiences. I immediately purchased both his books. Really like!
Yes, spending time to listen to this book was worthwhile because the book, even though abridged, supplied extra information to what I know about the Battle of the Bulge.
I didn't realize the book was abridged until I started listening to it.
It's such a sad story - as every war story is supposed to be - that it's difficlut to say that the book has a "favorite" scene. A very disturbing one, though, is that where a German soldier surrenders to the author but someone else shuts him in the belly, and someone else, possibly the author himself, shuts him in the head to end his agony.
No, it doesn't, because it has a battle as its subject, battles have a start and an end, and the author covers its participation in the battle from start to end.
The book was excessively abridged, to the point where one loses almost all the context wherein the Battle of Bulge too place. Very little is said about the parties and actors involved. It could and should have been more enlightening. Other aspect to consider is that this is the kind of book whose story requires the use of maps so it can be properly followed and interpreted. This certainly applies to almost all war stories.
Very entertaining, I never buy abridged books, somewhat glad I made that mistake. I would really like the full book on audio.
Donny boy, the author.
Gripping account of a few critical weeks of the second world war, told with remarkable honesty and poise by a 19 year old soldier. Puts you directly in a fox-hole with bullets zipping over your helmet
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