Burns turned 18 during World War II, he decided that he wanted to fight
alongside America’s best. He joined the paratroopers and was assigned to the
508th Regiment of the 82d Airborne Division. Little did he suspect that a year
later he'd be soaring in a flak-riddled C–47 over Normandy, part of the very
spearhead of the Allied drive to seize back Europe.
behind German lines during the dark, early hours of D–day, and gradually found
other survivors of his division. The paratroopers fought on every side in a
confused, running battle through the hedgerows, finally making a stand in a
surrounded farmhouse. With one room reserved for their growing piles of
corpses, the paratroopers held their ground until finally relieved by infantry
advancing from the beaches.
provide a fascinating insight into the reality of close-quarters combat.
copy, 256 pages, Dwayne T. Burns]