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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 battles.

  • AUTHOR: Burns, D
  • FORMAT: 256pp 30 Bw 240x159 Pb
  • Code: 10896

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