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Foreword by Ed Shames Preface by George Koskimaki Acknowledgments Introduction by James "Pee Wee" Martin 1. "Johnny we hardly knew you" Camp Chalons, Mourmelon-le-Grand - November 28-December 18, 1944 2. "Ghost front" December 17-19, 1944 3. "Today is the only reality" December 20, 1944 4. "Epitaph for a generation" December 21-24, 1944 5. "The deep six" The worst winter in 50 years 6. "Steel whirlwind" Post-Christmas breakthrough 7. "Hell night" Clearing the Fazone Woods - January 9, 1945 8. "Salute the new dawn" The final attacks on Foy and Noville - January 13-17, 1945 9. "After the storm" Alsace Lorraine and the Colmar Pocket - January 21-February 25, 1945 10. "Home alive in '45" Return to Mourmelon - February 26-April 2, 1945 11. "Setting sons" The Ruhr, western Germany - April 3-24, 1945 12. "Striking back" The plight of the 3rd Battalion POWs - June 1944-May 1945 13. "Candle for the dead" Southern Bavaria - April 28-May 3, 1945 14. "The roaring silence" Berchtesgaden, Austria, and France - May 4-November 30, 1945 Epilogue Bibliography Glossary Index
This final installment of the story of the 3/506 PIR covers its involvement in the bitter fighting to hold Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, is liberation of Nazi concentration camps and occupation of the Berchtesgarden, Hitler's mountain retreat.
Ian Gardner served for five years in Support Company, 10th Battalion, the Parachute Regiment as a medic before leaving the Territorial Army in 1993 due to injury. Always enthusiastic about military history, several years after leaving 10 Para Ian became interested in World War II US Paratroopers. After a visit to Normandy in 2000 he decided to focus on the 101st Airborne Division, and in particular the 3rd Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, which led to the critically acclaimed Tonight We Die As Men, co-written with Roger Day. This, his second historical work, continues their story. Currently self-employed, he is married with two grown up children and lives near Aldershot in Hampshire. 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.