Tonight We Die As Men PB

The Untold Story of Third Batallion 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment from Toccoa to D-Day

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Tonight We Die As Men PB

The Untold Story of Third Batallion 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment from Toccoa to D-Day

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The gripping story of the men of 3rd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, the comrades of the Band of Brothers, from their formation through the D-Day landings and beyond, in their own words.

The exploits of the 3rd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment have long been overshadowed by those of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion. Yet the actions of the 3rd Battalion during the D-Day landings were every bit as incredible. This is the astounding story of how, after suffering many immediate casualties on landing, the surviving paratroopers fought on towards their objective against horrendous odds.

Using fascinating first-hand accounts of the soldiers and the French civilians who witnessed the Normandy campaign, and illustrated with black and white photographs and maps throughout, the authors offer a unique and comprehensive account of the experiences of the 3rd Battalion from training through to D-Day and beyond.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Ed Shames, 3rd BN, 506th PIR

1. “Hit it - 13 weeks of pain” - Creation of the 506th PIR
2. “Time, gentlemen, please” - The 506th at Ramsbury, UK
3. “Here's to your dog tags” - Preparations for D-Day
4. “Jump into the fight” - Operation Overlord
5. “God, let me live til morning” - D-Night Part 1
6. “For Christ's sake, let's go” - D-Night Part 2
7. “A real feeling of victory” - D-Day: June 6, 1944
8. “No word from 3rd Battalion, 506th PIR” - D-Day + 1
9. “A pitiful sight” - D-Day + 2
10. “Don't shoot, we're Americans” - Regrouping and consolidation
11. “Still an American paratrooper” - POWs and counterattacks
12. “I ain't dead yet” - The battle of Bloody Gully , June 13 1944
13. “Things are pretty calm right now” - Operations on the Main Line of Resistance
14. “Go on Yank, have a drink” - Return to Ramsbury


Product details

Published 20 Jul 2011
Format Ebook (Epub & Mobi)
Edition 1st
Extent 352
ISBN 9781849089593
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 165 b/w
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Ian Gardner

Ian Gardner served for five years in Support Compa…


Roger Day

Roger Day's family have lived in and around the vi…


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