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Battling Buzzards: The Odyssey of the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team 1943-1945

Authors: Astor, Gerald
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: HIS027100, HIS027140, HIS010000
ISBN: 9780307565617, Related ISBNs: 0307565610, 0440236932, 9780307565617, 9780440236931
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 432,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: The Few and the Brave

Convinced by 1943 that the assault upon Nazi-held Europe would yield swiftly to elite troops, the U.S. Army created parachute regimental combat teams. Drawing on daring volunteers willing to hurl themselves from airplanes and hit the ground fighting, the 517th PRCT became one of the most highly trained airborne units in the world.

Blooded in northern Italy in 1944, the Battling Buzzards dropped at night in southern France for the second D-day to spearhead a savage advance through the Champagne region and then into the Alps.

Gerald Astor, acclaimed author of A Blood-Dimmed Tide, draws on the words of the men of the 517th to create this gripping, action-packed account of a unit that existed for only two years but fought heroically to defeat the vaunted German forces.

From its campaign in Italy to its assault in the French Alps, the Battling Buzzards helped push the Germans out of southern Europe one fierce, close-quarter battle at a time. Then, after six months of nonstop action, the exhausted, battle-hardened 517th was called into the ultimate battle — at a place called The Bulge....
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