Paperback by General James Gavin is the story of air combat in World War II....
|Title||:||On To Berlin|
|Number of Pages||:||396 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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On To Berlin Reviews
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 became U.S. Ambassador to France and a potential candidate for President of the United States. I remember as a schoolboy seeing a picture in the newspaper of him visiting the 82nd Airborne Division (which he had commanded at the end of WWII) and reviewing the troops, although he was quite elderly by then and walked with a cane. Although many thought that his rival, General Taylor (who commanded the 101st Airborne Division and became U.S. Ambassador to South Viet-Nam), was a more glamorous individual, I always respected General Gavin more.
Call it 3.5 stars. Lots to like here — candor is part of it. Some useful maps and unusual photos
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 he does write about smaller, battalion and company level actions. There are plenty of good maps.
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.
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!