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Tonight We Die As Men: The Untold Story of Third Batallion 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment from Toccoa to D-D

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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 ob ...more
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Published July 19th 2011 by Osprey Publishing (first published April 21st 2009)
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Steve
This book is by a pair of men who recorded the story of a little-known event in WWII history, so obscure that most WWII historians can't even tell you where it happened exactly.

Most of us are familiar with the Band of Brothers and other books/movies like that, of course, and I was hoping for a similar narrative of the 3rd Btl 506 PIR and the events of D-Day and the taking of vital two bridges held by the Germans, but it's written like a cold documentary with little emotion. It was a struggle to
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John
Band of Brothers was about Easy Company in the 2nd battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. This book is about the lesser known men in the third battalion of the same regiment. As a battalion history it is very good and covers the period of their training through the Normandy invasion. It is written in a similar format featuring numerous first person narratives. However as a book it just doesn't have to readability of Band of Brothers. i think that part ...more
Fred
This is a book about the sister battalion of the famed Band of Brothers made famous by HBO's miniseries. You could almost say that these guys who made the same jumps, fought the same battles, and suffered the same casualty rates got a bum deal by all the publicity going the other way.

That said, this is a really good book and it's only made better by the fact that there are so many direct quotes and parts told by the veterans themselves as they remember it. I would recommend this book as a compa
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John Freeman
Dec 30, 2013 John Freeman rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: War Buffs, Band of Brothers fans, human interest
Webster, who fought with E company of the 101st airborne, was mentioned by Ambrose in his book and he was represented in the miniseries. He was perhaps the best educated enlisted man in the regiment having attended Harvard. He chose to not accept promotions and vowed to never volunteers for anything. He viewed the army with a jaundiced eye and seems to have been more than a little passive-aggressive but he was a capable and dutiful soldier who loved the men he served with and was sad when he fin ...more
Chris
Not a bad book, interesting stories, but not a huge fan of the author's writing style.
Gary Mcewen
Enjoyed reading the personal journals of various soldiers that have been collected and incorporated into this book. The style of writing isn't my favorite, but I was able to move thru a little at a time. I came away with a greater appreciation for our WW2 vets on the ground in France. Would recommend this to anybody who wants to walk in the shoes of these men who laid it down for our country. This book is loaded with personal diary entries and narrative, but it is difficult to follow frequently, ...more
Colleen
Apr 29, 2009 Colleen is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone Interested in 101st Airborne
How my uncle really died in Normandy, on page 203
John Nevola
Story of the "Other Brothers"

I commend the authors for their excellent compilation of numerous first person accounts of the actions of the 3rd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division in Normandy. In addition, they corrected some historical inaccuracies that have survived since the War; i.e. the location of the bridges over the canal the 3rd Battalion was assigned to seize. And the maps were both thoroughly detailed and helpful, if not essential, to understanding the
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Ido
This is a really good book - easy to read - about the 3rd Bn, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne from Camp Taccoa to just past D-Day. I found it to be a very interesting story. The common reference point in this work and all of the books I've read to date about the 2nd Bn, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne (including but not limited to the original Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose) is Ed Shames. The book is very detailed and well researched but suffers a little bit from a couple of mistakes and also a bit of ...more
Andrew Brozyna
History benefits from the publication of Tonight We Die As Men not simply because of the new attention paid to the equally deserving Third Battalion, but because the scholarship was approached with such care. Local historian Roger Day lives a few miles outside the English village of Ramsbury, which is where Third Battalion was stationed in the build up to the Normandy invasion. Coauthor Ian Gardner is a retired British paratrooper. Their personal connections granted a passion and an interest tha ...more
Kevin
On June 5, 1944 -- D-Day minus one -- more than 800 young Americans of the Third Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, stepped out into the slipstreams of their C-47 transports over France's Cotentin Peninsula, destined to begin Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's "great crusade" to liberate Europe from Adolf Hitler's armies. Their objective was to take and hold two bridges, stopping any German effort to reinforce their defenses at Utah beach.

Although only about a third of the battalion actually
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Happy
Mar 20, 2013 Happy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: WWII or military history buffs
Shelves: history
I wanted to love this book, and parts of it I did. It certainly covers a lot of detail, with loads of personal anecdotes from veterans and from the civilians who encountered them. What it's missing is the big picture. Towards the end there's a line that says something like "The battle at Bloody Gully was the most important engagement for the 101st during the D-Day invasion" but it didn't explain why. I felt that way for most of the book. I knew what individual men were doing, but I couldn't quit ...more
Jim Laferriere
Good read

Good read

It's not the same stories you've read before. A different cast of characters telling their story of the Normandy invasion. Lots of soldiers accounts to what happened. Looking forward to reading the other books.
Robin Halvorson
This is a sort of mini-Band of Brothers. Band of Brothers was about E company of 2nd Battalion of the 506th of the 101st. This is about 3rd Battalion of the 506th of the 101st. Good but not Band of Brothers.
Chad Ryg
3/506 was definitely messed up but I wasn't intimately connected to the personalities like I was with BoBs. I wanted to know what kind of command and control developed through the staff and command attrition. What happened to Major Grant (President Grant's relative). I'm missing the afterward of what happened to these members of 3/506 in the following 70 years.
Michael
As anyone who knows me knows, I like "unknown" history. I've read history non-fiction books my entire life so there is little that I have not encountered. So I look for books that cover obscure aspects or history that has been missed. "Tonight We Die As Men" is such a book. Using mostly first person narratives and interviews of men who were actually there, Ian Gardner has written and excellent D-Day book about a unit and its actions which have been overlooked. It was a first rate read and I reco ...more
Becca Evans
I really enjoyed this book. I had a hard time putting it down. It told the story of this batallion and what they went through that many people don't know. The hardest part of reading history books is that you start to love the men (or in some books women) and you get sad when they die or when something happens to them even though it happened years ago. This book was a quick read for a history book and I enjoyed it from start to finish.
Rachel Muller
I was completely smitten with this book as "Tonight We Die As Men" was the most detailed and meticulously laid out collection of true war stories I've ever read. For anyone looking to research the 82nd or 101st Airborne Divisions of the Second World War I cannot recommend this book enough!
Kevin
This is the amazing story of the men who parachuted into France just before troops stormed the beaches at Normandy. A great "first person" account of the war--one of the best I've read. Some of these brave men are still alive today. We owe them a debt of gratitude for preserving our freedom.
Emma
It started interesting and with a slight promise of a deep and exciting story. Unfortunetaly the story fell on a poor mixture between the soldiers own stories and the fact that the athour was uncomfortable outside of the safety zone of pure historic portrayals.
Lee
A good book but it covers the story of the 3rd Battalion 506 PIR at the surface. There is so much lurking under the surface that I wished the author had the opportunity to cover to make it more personal and alive to the readers. Good book overall.
David Keckan
Pretty Vague and repetitive compared to the other 1000 books our there on this historical topic. Should have been more precise on an a individual situation rather then information we had read and watched over and over.
Paul B.
Fantastic chronicle of one of greatest fighting units of WW2. Gardner spent years interviewing hundreds of people for this book. Easy to read and has a very human feel to the stories. Worth the money and time.
Christi Guess
Whilst. Super sick of that word. It's distracting me from the book. Whilst. Do British people use this habitually or is it just this guy?
Ray York
Very good about WW II Covers much more of D-Day for thoses who were not of Easy Co. Great history lesson and an easy read.
Doug Hauser
Very well done, especially after Band of Brother stole the spotlight. Please read if you have respect for vets..
Chris
I read this book awhile ago but I it was very good I enjoyed reading about the 3rd battalion 506 PIR
Joe Faust
Serviceable history of a wing of the 101st Airborne that would have been better as an oral history.
George
much research ... much first person ....
James
Dec 25, 2014 James added it  ·  review of another edition
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