Parachute Infantry: An American Paratrooper's Memoir of D-Day and the Fall of the Third Reich (Paperback)
David Kenyon Webster’s memoir is a clear-eyed, emotionally charged chronicle of youth, camaraderie, and the chaos of war. Relying on his own letters home and recollections he penned just after his discharge, Webster gives a first hand account of life in E Company, 101st Airborne Division, crafting a memoir that resonates with the immediacy of a gripping novel. From the beaches of Normandy to the blood-dimmed battlefields of Holland, here are acts of courage and cowardice, moments of irritating boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror, and pitched urban warfare. Offering a remarkable snapshot of what it was like to enter Germany in the last days of World War II, Webster presents a vivid, varied cast of young paratroopers from all walks of life, and unforgettable glimpses of enemy soldiers and hapless civilians caught up in the melee. Parachute Infantry is at once harsh and moving, boisterous and tragic, and stands today as an unsurpassed chronicle of war—how men fight it, survive it, and remember it.
About the Author
David Kenyon Webster (1922 1961) was an aspiring writer who left Harvard to join the paratroops in World War II. After the war ended, he wrote about his experience as a paratrooper in "Parachute Infantry". The manuscript for this book would later become source material for Stephen E. Ambrose's "Band of Brothers". Webster's other works include "Myth and Maneater".
Dr. Stephen E. Ambrose was a renowned historian and acclaimed author of more than thirty books. Among his "New York Times" bestsellers are "Nothing Like It in the World, Citizen Soldiers, Band of Brothers, D-Day - June 6, 1944, " and "Undaunted Courage". Dr. Ambrose was a retired Boyd Professor of History at the University of New Orleans and a contributing editor for the "Quarterly Journal of Military History".
"Webster left this gutsy, sometimes bemused and sometimes angry memoir behind.... It bites and hangs on."—The New York Times"Beautifully written... perfectly evokes life and battle in a parachute infantry company."—The Washington Post Book World