• Airborne

  • The Combat Story of Ed Shames of Easy Company
  • By: Ian Gardner
  • Narrated by: P.J. Ochlan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 21-04-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (2 ratings)


Some men are born to be warriors, and Ed Shames is one of these men. His incredible combat record includes service at D-Day, Operation Market Garden, and Bastogne and finally in Germany itself.
He was the first man in the Dachau concentration camp and captured Hitler's infamous Eagle's Nest. Shames appeared in Band of Brothers, but now, with the comprehensive support of the man himself, the full story of his life and experiences can be told. Written by the author of Tonight We Die as Men, this is a searing account of the combat career of a remarkable young lieutenant serving at the sharp end of World War II.
His insistence on high standards together with a perfection of tactics and techniques did not always win him friends, but that was never the intention. His aim was to win each encounter, each battle, and ultimately the war itself with a minimum loss of life among his men. He was once told by one of his subordinates, "Shames, you are the meanest, roughest son of a bitch I've ever had to deal with. But you brought us home."
©2015 Ian Gardner (P)2015 Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jonathan on 17-06-16

A great "read".

Wonderfully told story of WW2 paratrooper experiences. And so nice to listen to an American who doesn't boast or "slagg off" his Allies.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Darren Sapp on 11-05-18

Band of Brothers Fans will Love it.

Although this mimics most all of these Band of Brothers it truly expands on many of those characters we've heard about all these years. Wynn, Strohl, Guth, Sisk, Gordon, etc. BofB fans will love it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 21-02-18

Interesting people live in interesting times!

What a great read! This unit has to have the most written about it than any other unit in US Army History. From the leading commander’s , their NCO’s to the enlisted men. It’s amazing to hear each ones story and how they interpreted through their own eyes. I thank them for sharing their story & opening up to what life was like in a PIR Infantry Unit in WWII. There record serves as a reminder of how freedom is never free & to remember those who did not survive but gave all.

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