• Parachute Infantry

  • An American Paratrooper's Memoir of D-Day and the Fall of the Third Reich
  • By: David Kenyon Webster
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (162 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

David Kenyon Webster's memoir is a clear-eyed, emotionally charged chronicle of youth, camaraderie, and the chaos of war. Relying on his own letters home and recollections he penned just after his discharge, Webster gives a firsthand account of life in E Company, 101st Airborne Division, crafting a memoir that resonates with the immediacy of a gripping novel. From the beaches of Normandy to the blood-dimmed battlefields of Holland, here are acts of courage and cowardice, moments of irritating boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror, and pitched urban warfare. Offering a remarkable snapshot of what it was like to enter Germany in the last days of World War II, Webster presents a vivid, varied cast of young paratroopers from all walks of life, and unforgettable glimpses of enemy soldiers and hapless civilians caught up in the melee. Parachute Infantry is at once harsh and moving, boisterous and tragic, and it stands today as an unsurpassed chronicle of war - how men fight it, survive it, and remember it.

©1994, 2002 David Kenyon Webster (P)2014 Tantor

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The Finest Infantry Memoir of WWII

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Story: I cannot believe this was only published in 1994. This is David Webster's memoir of his time in Easy Company of Band of Brothers fame. This is the most honest accounting of any infantry man I have ever read, and I have read them all from both Axis and Allied sides. The writing is outstanding and flows beautifully, while telling an honest tale. No bullshit here. He shares his mind openly and artfully.

Performance: Superb Narration. There's really not much else to say. Absolutely perfect.

Summary: If you can only read two books about combat, one should be "Fighter Pilot" by Robin Olds and this one should be the other.

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Easy Company from a non-com's perspective

I loved hearing the exploits of Easy Company from another perspective. Sometimes his point of view is very limited, but this is definitely worth a listen.

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Turn up your listening speed

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I have only one thing to say. Turn up the speed of your player. This guy is slow... REALLY slooooow.

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loved this Book

This book takes you to the front lines. I felt like I was there. If your a WW2 buff it's a must listen.

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I really disliked this book.

I am not a military veteran or a hard-line hawk. But I found this author to be self-absorbed to the point of distraction. While some of the information about his engagements and the imperfections of the "greatest generation" to be revealing, it was all about the author and his personal beliefs.

I tried desperately to finish this book; but ran out of patience after 12 hours. A tip of the hat to those of you that endure this boring epic to the end.

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Disappointing

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The author offers a good description of parachuting into Europe on D-Day, but then bogs down in excruciating details of everyday conversations and activities. He skipped through the important historical and military action with frustratingly little detail, leaving me with the impression that most of the book is spent on overly detailed descriptions of the looting and drinking binges he and his comrades indulged in.

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Underwhelming

I had high expectations for this listen as Webster was a beloved member of the Band of Brothers. My pros and cons:
Pros:
*The jump on D-Day was great.
*This book did flesh out some stories that Ambrose could only touch on in Band of Brothers; I loved the added parts about Market Garden and a few stories of B.o.B. member Donald Hoobler (Count Hoobler).
*The extra stories of Berchastgaden were also welcome.
*Webster helped describe what an Infantryman goes through in war.

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The narrator. His voice reminds me of an older person telling a younger man's story. Not to criticize too much, but I wanted to hear this story in a younger man's tone. (Plus, add the narrator to the long list of people that cannot pronounce Will Bill Guarnere's name correctly)
*Not enough combat. The book does a good job of getting you right up to the combat parts, and then almost skips over them and then goes right back into same unexciting parts of WW2.

Final Notes: I would not listen to this book again. I can listen to Band of Brothers anytime and I just did not feel the same way about Parachute Infantry.

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Not the best written about the air born.

having said that Websters insights into the life and sacrifice is not to be denied. I'd look a bit further for stories about the airborne.

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before the fame

Importing to remember when he wrote this, much earlier than most books about Easy Company, 506 PIR. If you enjoy the Easy Company history I recommend this because Webster is very unique, that's one way of putting it. Any former NCO will understand what is meant by that.

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One of the Best memoirs written

Incredible memoir, written almost like a novel. Definitely need to increase the speed of the narration. If you enjoy history, war stories, especially from a personal perspective you will love this.

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  • Ian David Williamson
  • 05-19-16

Well written but I did not enjoy this book.

Having read and enjoyed books by all the other members of the 'Band of Brothers' sadly this one left me cold. Webster appears to have been unhappy for most of his time in the Army and is constant in telling the reader his feelings. Unlike almost every other memoir I have read, I skipped through the last 3 chapters as I couldn't face more of the same.

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  • Gavin Harper
  • 07-30-21

Well written account

Loved it, really felt like you were there with him, and also well narrated

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  • gavin
  • 04-17-16

fantastic

this is the best audiobook I've heard.
the story is so detailed and the performance is brilliant.
Webster is an eclectic character and I'm so pleased he recorded his experiences.
anyone with even a passing interest in WW2 and/or Band of Brothers will love this

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