More Than Courage
The Combat History of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in World War II
By (author) Phil Nordyke
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More Than Courage by Phil Nordyke
Book DescriptionDrawing on both oral and written accounts from over 300 veterans of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Phil Nordyke brings the thrilling history of this remarkable regiment to life, conveying with the intimate immediacy of first-person accounts what it was like to be there. From training at Fort Benning, Georgia, to deployment in Tunisia, desert parachute training in high winds that left the unit with a 30% casualty rate from fractures and injuries; the shipping to Italy, and involvement in spearheading that invasion, battles at Gela, Sicily, the landing at Salarno beach, fighting at Altavilla, the Anzio beachead, and the the long march through France and Belgium to Germany and victory.The 504th lost 318 soldiers killed by enemy fire on a parachute drop at Farrell Airfield, were involved in Operation Market Garden, and drove the German offensive at the Battle of The bulge in the Ardennes back. Their motto became 'Strike, Hold', and the German soldiers called them 'devils in baggy pants', with one German famously saying 'We never know when one will appear form nowhere'. A remarkable story, full of disasters, triumphs, battles lost and won, bravery, courage, and sheer tenacious determination, these first-person accounts will rivet any reader right from the start of combat operations to the final victory parade down Fifth Avenue in New York.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780760333136
(228mm x 152mm x 42mm)
Imprint: Zenith Press
Publisher: Motorbooks International
Publish Date: 10-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Phil Nordyke
Four Stars of Valor, Paperback (November 2010)
This is history as it was lived by the men of the 505th, from their prewar coming of age in the regiment, through the end of World War II.
All Americans in World War II, Paperback (October 2010)
The All Americans in World War II provides a complete photographic history of the 82nd Airborne Division as it fought its way across Sicily, Italy, France, Belgium, and Germany.
All American, All the Way, Paperback (March 2010)
On Sunday, Sept 17th, 1944, the 82nd Airborne jumped into action and history as part of the First Allied Airborne Army in a daring daylight parachute and glider-borne assault the capture key bridges in Operation Market Garden. Suitable for the military historian, this book is a testament to the fighting spirit of the All Americans.
All American's in World War II, Paperback (September 2009)» View all books by Phil Nordyke
The 82 nd airborne were named the All Americans at the time of their formation in August 1942. Less than a year later, they parachuted into history leading Operation Husky to liberate Sicily on 9 July, 1943. This book tells the story of training, preparing, landing, and combat in the words of soldiers who experienced fighting first-hand.
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Author Biography - Phil Nordyke
Phil Nordyke is the official historian of the 505th Regiment Combat team, sister regiment of the 504th. Both his previous books, All American All The Way, and All American's in WWII have been published by Zenith Press to great critical acclaim and popular appeal.
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