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The Combat Story of Ed Shames of Easy Company

By Ian Gardner, Ed Shames (Introduction by), Ed Shames (Foreword by)

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Format: Hardcover, 340 pages
Other Information: 30 b/w; 30 col
Published In: United Kingdom, 07 April 2015
As one of the last surviving members of the Band of Brothers, Ed Shames wanted to commit his memories of the Second World War to paper to preserve the legacy of the men who served with him in Europe. Airborne is his dramatic wartime biography, a riveting tale of fierce combat, doggedly determined drive for survival and astounding bravery. Parachuting into Normandy on D-Day with 3rd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, Shames was involved in some of the most pivotal moments of the Allied invasion, advancing through the bocage of France, and after his transfer to Easy Company in Holland, battled the elements and the ferocious German counterattack at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, liberating Nazi concentration camps and helping to capture Hitler's Eagle's Nest. Startling honest and raw, Airborne is the compelling combat biography of a man whose forthright opinions and gruff manner often put him in conflict with his fellow officers, but who was respected by the soldiers he commanded, because he was determined to bring as many of them home alive as he could.

Table of Contents

Foreword /Introduction /Acknowledgments /1. "Take the A train" /2. "Beyond golden fields" /3. "The other side of tomorrow" /4. "The river runs red" /5. "Five seconds to forget" /6. "Bullets from the sun" /7. "Dead men's shoes" /8."The bucket list" /9."The rain drank champagne" /10. "Faith and justice" /11. "Northwind" /12. "Ruhr Pocket" /13. "Last stand" /14. "Ameritocracy" /Epilogue/Bibliography /Glossary /Index

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Foreword/Preface/Acknowledgements/Introduction by Ed Shames/A New Beginning/ Forged from Steele-The 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment/It Feels Like Winter-England/The Eye of the Storm-D-Day/Market Garden-Invasion of The Netherlands/Operation Pegasus 1-The Rescue of the British Paras/Where Dead Men Sleep-Bastogne/Alsace Lorraine/Return to Mourmelon/Ruhr Pocket/The Everlasting Truth-Dachau/Last Stand-Berchtesgaden/Closing the Net-Saalfelden, Austria/Ba-Le-Duc, France-A Touch of Class/Life after War


About the Author

Col. Ed Shames is a 'Band of Brothers' veteran. He received a battlefield commission into E ('Easy') Company of the 506th PIR on 13 June 1944 in Carentan, France. He survived the war before eventually retiring as a Colonel. He is an active member of veterans' societies.

EAN: 9781472804853
ISBN: 1472804856
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Dimensions: 24.13 x 15.75 x 3.05 centimetres (0.63 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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