BOOK LIST - update 26 May 2014



The Last First Sergeant

Layton Black : From the landing at Normandy to Allied occupation after the war, US paratrooper (101st Airborne Division, 502 PIR, C Co.) Layton Black tells it like he experienced it. You'll laugh, you'll cry, but you won't forget these stories from the front line of World War II.

Copyright Jeanne Black 1998 - ISBN 0-9665140-0-4
Griffith Publishing, Idaho, U.S.A.

Fighting with the Screaming Eagles

Robert Bowen : 101st Airborne Division, 401 Glider Infantry - Company C. A compelling first hand account and a must read if you want to know more about AIRBORNE than paratroops...

Copyright Robert Bowen 2001 - ISBN 1-85367-579-2
First published by Greenhill Books, London

Give Terry a bone (our secret code)

Babes van Dillen Clinton : This the story of Nazi occupied Holland, resistance activities and the food programs developed for a large part of the country which went through terrible deprivation in the winter of 1944-1945.

In a matter of fact way, Babes describes the horrors of day to day life. No exaggeration, no niceties but a civil account of a humble lady.

Copyright 1986 Babes van Dillen Clinton - ISBN 0-9616163-0-X
Blue Tulip Press, USA

The Bitter Woods

John S.D. Eisenhower (son of General Dwight D. Eisenhower): The dramatic story, told at all echelons - from Supreme Command to Squad Leader - of the crisis that shook the Western coalition: Hitler's surprise Ardennes offensive.

Battery Classics, Tennessee, U.S.A. 1969 - ISBN 0-89839-106-7
Black Hearts

Jim Frederick : the gripping true story of a platoon from 502nd Infantry Regiment (101st ABN Division) and the widespread breakdown of discipline that resulted in depression, drinking, and horrific brutality, culminating in the - March 2006 - rape of a fourteen-year-old Iraqi girl and the cold-blooded execution of her family.

Copyright 2010 Jim Frederick - ISBN 978-0-307-45076-0
Broadway Paperbacks, Crown Publishing Group, Random House, Inc.
Paratroopers Do or Die!!

Don Jakeway : Original member of the 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment, veteran of Normandy, Holland, and the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium.

Copyright Don Jakeway - date published unknown (appr. 1990) - ISBN unknown
Publisher unknown

George E. Koskimaki : This is the story of D-Day as told collectively by former paratroopers and glidermen of the 101st Airborne Division.

Copyright 1970 George E. Koskimaki - ISBN 0-686-22784-0
101st Airborne Division Association, Sweetwater, TN, U.S.A.
Hell's Highway

George E. Koskimaki : Chronicle of the 101st Airborne Division in the Holland Campaign, September-November, 1944.

Copyright 1989 George E. Koskimaki - ISBN 1-877702-01-3
George & Eva Koskimaki, distributed by 101st ABN Div Assn, TN, U.S.A.
The Gliders

Alan Lloyd : An action packed story of the wooden chariots of World War II.
This is primarily, though not exclusively, an account of the British glider men.

Copyright 1982 Alan Lloyd - ISBN 0-89839-66-4
Battery Press, Inc., Nashville, TN, USA


Sgt. Don Malarkey with Bob Welch : The acclaimed memoir of the "Band of Brothers" soldier who spent more consecutive days in combat than any other member of Easy company. Our honorary member Don Malarkey!

Copyright 2008 Don Malarkey - ISBN-13: 978-0-312-56323-3 and ISBN-10: 0-312-56323-X
St. Martin's Press, New York, USA

Up Front

Bill Mauldin : Re-issued with an introduction by David Halberstam. Bill Mauldin (greatest cartoonist of World War II) drew the infantryman truthfully because he was once one himself. He fought and drew his way through the campaign in Sicily and holds the Purple Heart for wounds received in Italy. Drawing "Willy" and "Joe", he drew a picture of, as Ernie Pyle once said "...the men in the line - the tiny percentage of our vast Army who are actually up there doing the dying..."

Copyright 1968 W.W. Norton & Co., Inc.
New York, U.S.A.


Kenneth J. McAuliffe Jr. : The life of Anthony C. McAuliffe by his cousin.

Copyright 2011 Kenneth J. McAuliffe Jr. - no ISBN
Published by Kenneth J. McAuliffe Jr., Silver Spring, MD, USA - email

With Geronimo across Europe

R. Edward O'Brien : A dramatic and humorous account of a paratrooper medic in the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment during World War II and his 45th anniversary visit to Hell's Highway, Holland and Bastogne, Belgium.

Copyright 1990 Richard E. O'Brien - ISBN 1-877702-01-3
101st Airborne Division Assn., TN, USA

The Devil's Birthday

Geoffrey Powell : The bridges to Arnhem 1944
A superb history of a fascinating and controversion operation and a story of quite extraordinary courage.

Copyright 1984 Geoffrey Powell - ISBN 0-531-09791-9
Franklin Watts, Inc., New York

Rendezvous With Destiny

Leonard Rapport & Arthur Northwood, jr: A history of the 101st Airborne Division
"The 101st Airborne Division, which was activated on August 16, 1942, at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, has no history, but it has a rendezvous with destiny...."
(Maj. Gen. William C. Lee in General Orders No. 5, Headquarters 101st Airborne Division, August 19, 1942).

Copyright 1948 101st Airborne Division Association, USA

It was MY war

G. William Sefton: World War II through the eyes of G. William Sefton, paratroop officer in Normandy, Holland and Bastogne (501 PIR).

ISBN 0-89745-177-5
Sunflower University Press 1994

Crosses in the wind

Joseph James Shomon: The unheralded saga of the men in the American Graves Registration Service in World War II.

Copyright 1947 Joseph James Shomon- ISBN unknown
First edition published by Stratford House, Inc., New York, U.S.A.
Second edition 1991 published by Keulers, Geleen, The Netherlands
Freely I served

Major General Stanislaw Sosabowski: The stirring story of a galant Polish officer who raised
and trained the Polish Parachute Brigade during World War II with one objective: the relief
of Warsaw, Poland. The story of the frustration of this aim and the description of the fighting
at Arnhem as Sosabowski saw it is written in a soldierly and clear manner.

Copyright 1982 Richard Sosaboski- ISBN 0-89839-061-3
First published by William Kimber and Co. Ltd, Great Britain
Also: Battery Press, Inc., TN, USA
Doug Stanton: The dramatic account of a small band of U.S. Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban.

Copyright 2009 by Reed City Productions, LLC - ISBN 978-1-4165-8051-5
Scribner, USA
LASTING LEGACY - The Joe E. Mann story
Rae Anna Victor: A compilation of history, news, information on dedications in the US and The Netherlands concerning pfc Joe Eugene Mann, Medal of Honor recipient. On September 19th, 1944 near Best in The Netherlands, Joe Mann (101st Airborne, 502 PIR/H co.), wounded and unable to toss back a German grenade which landed nearby, threw himself onto it, saving the lives of his comrades.
Copyright 2010 Rae Anna Victor - ISBN 978-0-922993-92-5
Marquette Books, LLC, Spokane, Washington, USA
Operation OYSTER - only available in Dutch

Texts by Rieks Holtkamp, Peter van Vlerken, Corrie de Leeuw: a collection of stories by survivors and family members of the victims of the Allied bombing on the city of Eindhoven, The Netherlands dating 6th December 1942.

Copyright 2011 by Eindhovens Dagblad (Eindhoven newspaper)- no ISBN
limited availability through the newspaper or Eindhoven bookstore Selexyz Van Piere
Parachute Infantry

David Kenyon Webster : An American paratrooper's memoir of D-Day and the fall of the Third Reich, with an introduction by Stephen E. Ambrose. Relying on his own letters home and recollections he penned just after his discharge, Webster gives a first hand account of life in E Company, 101st Airborne Division, crafting a memoir that resonates with the immediacy of a gripping novel.

Copyright 1994 Trustees of the Embree Family Trust- ISBN 0-385-33649-7
Dell Publishing, Random House, Inc., New York, U.S.A.