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Table of contents PART I DOING MY BIT One Texas National Guard, 144th Infantry Two Parachute School, Fort Benning Georgia Three 507th Cast of Characters Four Payday Parties Five Training Jumps in a Peanut Patch Six Louisiana Maneuvers, 1943 Seven: Rodeo Jump: Alliance, Nebraska, August 1943 Eight The Jumping Mascot Nine Sadalia, Missouri Jump Ten Taking My Exclusive Furlough to Wyoming Eleven The 507th PIR in Northern Ireland Twelve Jolly Olde England: Fish in Chips, 507th Style PART II D-DAY AND THE BATTLE FOR NORMANDY Thirteen D-Day Jump and the Little French Maid Fourteen Assembly Fifteen The Battle for Fresville Sixteen Taylor¿s Group: Bundle Duty and Ear Injury Seventeen Millet¿s Group: My Hottest Day of the War Eighteen Avoid Crossing God in Combat Nineteen Patrols and Moving Out Twenty Capture PART III TOURING EUROPE 10TH CLASS: MY LIFE AS A POW Twenty-One From St. Lo to Alencon Twenty-Two We Lay Tracks, Dig Bombs, and Play RN Twenty-Three Gimme Shelter Twenty-Four Buttered French Bread Twenty-Five Alencon-Paris and the Berlin Bitch Twenty-Six Victory is Sweet Twenty-Seven A Boxcar Ride to Stalag XIIA: Horrors by Day or Night Twenty-Eight Stalag IIIC to Stalag IVB: Learning the Ropes as a POW Twenty-Nine Stalag IIIC, Kuestrin: Willkommen! Thirty Daily Life at Stalag IIIC¿ Pals So Good and True Thirty-One Red Cross to the Rescue Thirty-Two Deutsch fur Amerikaner: Swaps and Scams at Stalag IIIC Thirty-Three Life and Death (Mostly Death): The French and Russian Compounds Thirty-Four The Russians are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! PART IV THE RUSSIAN EXPERIENCE OR, HEADING EAST TO GO WEST Thirty-Five Vodka, Vodka, Everywhere, and Plenty of It to Drink Postscript Taking the Ankle Express Home
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Bearden, Bob, 1922-.
United States. Army. Parachute Infantry Regiment, 507th.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- France -- Normandy.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, American.
United States. Army -- Parachute troops -- Biography.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, German.
Normandy (France) -- History, Military -- 20th century.
Prisoners of war -- Germany -- Biography.
Prisoners of war -- United States -- Biography.