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Paperback by General James Gavin is the story of air combat in World War II.
Paperback, 396 pages
Published December 1st 1984 by Bantam Books (first published September 1978)
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I'm certain that I actually read this before, but if I remember correctly it was sometime between 1981 and 1984- in other words, a damn long time ago! It is really a shame that this book is such a dry read (even for someone who reads almost nothing but military history!), because the events that it covers were not boring by any stretch of the imagination. General Gavin was a great man, and both a talented combat leader & skillful peacetime commander. He came up from poverty and ultimately be ...more
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Call it 3.5 stars. Lots to like here — candor is part of it. Some useful maps and unusual photos
Jul 16, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: warriors.
Shelves: war
James Gavin started the war as a colonel or lt. colonel in the 82 airborne division, and at the end he was a general commanding the same division. He dropped into Sicily, Italy, Normandy and Holland, and observed the drop over the Rhine from a plane. As a higher level officer, he writes a great deal about regimental level actions. But he was also the type of general who dressed like a front-line soldier and walked up to the front lines to get a feel for combat and also to urge troops forward, so ...more
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Jul 10, 2011 rated it liked it
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General Gavin writes of his experiences as commander of the 82nd Airborne Division as they fought in Sicily and Italy and then France and Western Europe.
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Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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My father fought with the 82 air borne during ww2. He had spoken very highly of gen Gavin. It took me years to find this book and I am glad I did. Excellent!
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Lieutenant General James Maurice "Jumpin' Jim" Gavin.

US Army veteran of World War II (during which he commanded the famous 82nd Airborne Divison) and the Korean War. Ambassador to France (1961-1962).

Recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Meda, Silver Star, Purple Heart, Distinguished Service Order (UK), and the Legion of Honor (France).
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