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No Better Place to Die

Posted by WETSU Airborne Community

 "That fear doesn't end or leave you until you get a chance to open fire with your weapon directly at the enemy - and in our case, an enemy who was no more than 40 yards in front of us. The only thought on your mind becomes sighting the enemy soldier and getting off two or three rounds until he falls. Then get another few rounds off. There are plenty of targets. You have no fear of death now - it is gone completely. "

In this first-person narrative, Robert M. Murphy transports you right into the battle at La Fiere in the early morning hours of D-Day.  

Taking you through a firsthand account of close-quarters combat in the industrial war of the 20th century, Murphy covers all sides of the war, from the paratroopers to the glidermen, from the officers to the enlisted, and even from the civilians to the German soldiers. This offers a unique perspective that not all war stories account for.

Murphy begins No Better Place to Die set in the Allied invasion of Normandy. Telling the tale of three crucial airborne divisions who were dropped in order to push the Germans back, Murphy follows each airborne unit as they miss their drop zones and are then immersed into small-unit combat.

And although you can read about these events in the history books, no one truly transports you from the seat of your chair right into the thick of things like author Robert M. "Bob" Murphy. 

No Better Place to Die then takes you on a narrowing, firsthand account of the true story of the 505th Regimental Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division, who had touched down on their drop zone. Reaching the crossfire, the paratroopers had to be joined by glider troops in order to fight off the desperate German infantry attempting to cross. 

This is an in-detail story of how the 505th was able to hold off the Germans for three consecutive days and managed to launch a counterattack to fight back and regain the upper hand.

And although these events already sound awe-inspiring, Murphy can draw you in with immense detail through a firsthand account that places you in the thick of things alongside him and his division. 

Who is the author? Robert M. Murphy, also known as Bob, was a decorated Pathfinder and member of the 505th. Throughout his time serving in the military, Murphy lived through three wounded in-action tours and four different combat jumps. Any paratrooper would benefit from this firsthand account of history.

 

 


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