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Urphy provides an objective narrative of countless acts of heroism almost breathtaking in its you are there detail No World War II veteran is better known in 82nd Airborne circles than Robert M Bob Murphy A Pathfinder and member of A Company 505th PIR Bob was wounded three times in action and made all four combat jumps with his regiment fighting in Sicily Italy Normandy and Holland He was decorated for valor for his role at La Fiere and is a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor After the war he was instrumental in establishing the 505th RCT Association A selection of the Military Book Cl. I read this because my Grandfather is one of the men in the cover photo I was fascinated to get an in depth look of what happened that day the extreme conditions the overwhelming loss of life and the courage of our fighting forces Definitely worth a read

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No Better Place to Die Ste Mere Eglise June 1944 The Battle for la Fiere Bridge

Ze the vital crossroads of Ste Mere Eglise and to hold the bridge over the Merderet River at nearby La Fiere Benefiting from dynamic battlefield leadership the paratroopers reached the bridge only to be met by wave after wave of German tanks and infantry desperate to force the crossing Reinforced by glider troops who suffered terribly in their landings from the now alert Germans the 505th not only held the vital bridge for three days but launched a counterattack in the teeth of enemy fire to secure their objective once and for all albeit at gruesome cost In No Better Place to Die Robert M M. After reading in my childhood hometown newspaper for August 1944 how my cousin Guy jumped into Normandy with the 82nd Airborne something I had never heard before and that his descendants say he never talked about I went on a search of what actually happened there This is a first hand primary source account that includes several other first hand accounts of the horrific close uarters combat and terribly lethal industrial war of the 20th century Reading this helped me understand why cousin Guy never talked about his experiences For a combat veteran actual combat up close and in your face is too sickening to recall to memory with the family sitting around a cookout fire The memories must be gripping and the nightmares probably never go completely away It is a remarkable book and if you are a student of World War II you simply must read it Souvenir of Ste Mere Eglise and to hold the bridge Twelfth Night Or What You Will over the Merderet River at nearby La Fiere Benefiting from dynamic battlefield leadership the paratroopers reached the bridge Einer Lgt Immer only to be met by wave after wave Russian Roulette Kilted Desire 2 of German tanks and infantry desperate to force the crossing Reinforced by glider troops who suffered terribly in their landings from the now alert Germans the 505th not Alcohol What Dose The Bible Says only held the vital bridge for three days but launched a counterattack in the teeth Really Professional Internet Person objective 24 once and for all albeit at gruesome cost In No Better Place to Die Robert M M. After reading in my childhood hometown newspaper for August 1944 how my cousin Guy jumped into Normandy with the 82nd Airborne something I had never heard before and that his descendants say he never talked about I went Second Best on a search England And Its Rulers of what actually happened there This is a first hand primary source account that includes several Keurboslaan Se Struikrower Keurboslaan 11 other first hand accounts Western State Terrorism of the horrific close uarters combat and terribly lethal industrial war Defending The Resurrection of the 20th century Reading this helped me understand why cousin Guy never talked about his experiences For a combat veteran actual combat up close and in your face is too sickening to recall to memory with the family sitting around a cookout fire The memories must be gripping and the nightmares probably never go completely away It is a remarkable book and if you are a student Teaching By Design In Elementary Mathematics Grades 2 3 of World War II you simply must read it

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The you are there story of one of the most ferocious small unit combats in US history As part of the massive Allied invasion of Normandy three airborne divisions were dropped behind enemy lines to sew confusion in the German rear and prevent panzer reinforcements from reaching the beaches In the dark early hours of D Day this confusion was achieved well enough as nearly every airborne unit missed its drop zone creating a kaleidoscope of small unit combat Fortunately for the Allies the 505th Regimental Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division hit on or near its drop zone Its task was to sei. This is a really incredible book About half the book is the story the battle at La Fiere and the surrounding area from D Day to the few days after And the remainder of the book is a collection of primary sources stories from the participants on all sides paratroopers glidermen officers enlisted civilians and German soldiers It was recommended to me by a tour guide when I visited Normandy and the La Fiere bridge and it certainly did not disappoint I highly recommend to anyone with an interest in the battle or D Day


10 thoughts on “No Better Place to Die Ste Mere Eglise June 1944 The Battle for la Fiere Bridge

  1. says:

    Probably 35 Stars It was very informative but lacked depth at times

  2. says:

    The battle for La Fiere Bridge was one of dozens of small actions fought by US airborne troops after their drop on the Normandy countryside The author Bob Murphy was one of the soldiers involved in the battle but most of the battle narrative

  3. says:

    This is a really incredible book About half the book is the story the battle at La Fiere and the surrounding area from D Day to the few days after And the remainder of the book is a collection of primary sources; stories from the p

  4. says:

    After reading in my childhood hometown newspaper for August 1944 how my cousin Guy jumped into Normandy with the 82nd Airborne something I had never heard before and that his descendants say he never talked about I went on a search of what actually happened there This is a first hand primary source account that includes several other first hand accounts of the horrific close uarters combat and terribly lethal industrial war of the 20th cent

  5. says:

    I wanted to like this book better than I did It is an interesting story of a battle that took place on D Day and the few days after However it could have stood a bit editing in my opinion I appreciate what the author went through However there were several instances where it seemed like he didn't want to leave any name out of the narrative Which meant some were only mentioned to say they were killed in action The book felt some

  6. says:

    I was really excited to get this book however ended up a little disappointed I wish of the book went to the authors personal story The author attempts to give the full story of the battle however the meshing of stories just isn’t easily read It’s really an important story I just wish it was written differently

  7. says:

    Interesting very detailed description of the battles for Ste Mere Eglise and the La Fiere Bridge It got a little tedious for me but

  8. says:

    I read this because my Grandfather is one of the men in the cover photo I was fascinated to get an in depth look of what hap

  9. says:

    I listened to the 8 hour audible version of this book narrated by Stephen Bowlby The final paragraph of this review pertains to that production specifically3 stars Not too much was spent on the author's personal experienceThis is a battle historymemoir focusing on the actions of Bob Murphy’s unit in the 505th PIR 82nd Ai

  10. says:

    The overall story told in this book is very interesting However it could really have used an editor It is obviously cobbled together from first person narratives of various participants in the battle and these different perspectives are stitched together uite poorly The perspective changes constantly changing place and going backwards and

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