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Jump into the Valley of the Shadow tells the story of Dwayne Burns’s
wartime experiences as a paratrooper in the 508th Regiment of the 82nd Airborne
Division. The author recounts the action of his first mission, which took place
in the early hours of D-Day. Having been dropped behind enemy lines, the
paratroopers fought in a desperate, running battle with German soldiers. Burns
and his men held their ground until they were relieved by infantry advancing
from the beaches. The 82nd Airborne Division were then sent to The Netherlands
as part of Montgomery’s plan to create a bridgehead across the Rhine. This
daytime jump was less confused than the previous nightime one, but there were
more German troops than expected and fewer Allied forces in support. The combat
that followed was chaotic, and although the 82nd achieved their objectives,
there were many casualties. Possibly the author’s greatest challenge cam e in
December 1944 , when Germany undertook their infamous Ardennes Offensive. With
the Allies caught unprepared, the 82nd had to try to slow the lightening advance
of the German Panzers. Burns and his comrades held their own, with quickly
assembled defence perimeters, they allowed other units to escape. On 3rd January
the 82nd were able to counter-attack, sealing off the Bulge, they were able to
continue their pursuit of the Germans back into the Reich. Dwayne Burns relates
not only the chaos of combat, but the intimate thinking of a young soldier
thrust into the centre stage of several of World War II’s greatest
  • AUTHOR: Burns, D
  • FORMAT: 256pp 30 Bw 240x159 Hb
  • Code: 27343

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