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No Better Place to Die: Ste. Mere-Eglise, June 1944: The Battle for La Fiere Bridge

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Casemate Publishers and Book Distributors (first published March 1st 2000)
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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 quite poorly. The perspective changes constantly changing place and going backwards and forwards in time. For example, when the same event is told multiple times (e.g., the arrival of an anti-tank gun), this leads to confusion; it is often v ...more
Joe Creason
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 specifically.

3 stars. Not too much was spent on the author's personal experience.

This is a battle history/memoir focusing on the actions of Bob Murphy’s unit in the 505th PIR, 82nd Airborne during three days of relentless combat behind enemy lines after D-Day, June 6th 1944. Murphy intermixes history about the battle at St.-Mere-Eglise, first hand acco
The battle for La Fiere Bridge was one of dozens of small actions fought by U.S. 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 is told from the perspective of others who were there. While it would have been interesting to know a bit more about what the author personally experienced, his aim was to provide a recounting of the entire fight, not just his little bit.

Based upon a m
I'm not a big fan of war books generally, as I usually find them both too "gross" and too depressing for my liking. This means I don't know as much about any of the wars of history as I ought. If Robert Murphy wrote all the books about war, I would be much better informed. His book "No Better Place to Die" is written in a very matter-of-fact style, without either embellishing or belittling the horrors of battle. It tells of the mission of some of the Airborne troops dropped on D-day, and what it ...more
Diane Depew
While the author was sometimes repetitive, and the narrative needs some additional editing and proof reading for typos- for those interested in D-day, this work, by a participant, provides a detailed look at one focused battle to secure one river crossing. The book also provides insight into the paratroopers' role in D-day, with a bit of info on the glider groups.
This one was a little too detailed, too technical for me in many parts, but the pictures were really what saved it. I also liked the first person accounts at the end. If you are interested in reading about the experience of paratroopers and gliders during the invasion of Normandy, I would not make this my first pick. But it's worth checking out for the pictures alone. And that was on the kindle, so I'm sure they're even better in print.
A detailed look at a specific D-day battle, this was factually put forward. I think it assumes some knowledge of weaponry and the overall E-Day picture.
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