Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

Fighting with the Screaming Eagles: With the 101st Airborne from Normandy to Bastogne

Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

Fighting with the Screaming Eagles: With the 101st Airborne from Normandy to Bastogne

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Fighting with the Screaming Eagles: With the 101st Airborne from Normandy to Bastogne by Robert M. Bowen, edited by Christopher J. Anderson. Stackpole Books (http://www.stackpolebooks. com), 5067 Ritter Road, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 17055-6921, 2001, 240 pages, $29.95.

Robert M. Bowen's Fighting with the Screaming Eagles provides a detailed history of the experiences of one man and his glider-infantry company in the Allied invasion of Western Europe in 1944-45. From training with the 101st Airborne at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, across the Atlantic to England, and through the D day invasion-and then from battlefield injury, to capture at the Battle of the Bulge, and ultimately to liberation from a POW camp-Bowen's narrative conveys the full range of emotions and experiences of an American fighting man in the European theater in World War II.

His account begins with in-processing at Fort George Meade, Maryland, and his transfer to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and the 401st Glider Infantry of the 101st Airborne Division. Bowen provides rich details about his preinvasion experiences in England; through Operation Overlord; into combat in France, Holland, and Belgium; and, ultimately, his detention in Germany. …

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