Alexander’s passion and truest talent was leading men in the field, and he insisted on sharing their risks. On one occasion in Normandy he and his runner (he went through several) were caught behind German lines and encountered a platoon of SS. Opening fire, the Colonel killed or wounded several and brought the rest in as prisoners. An 88mm shell finally got the best of him, shrapnel tearing through his lungs, and while the 82nd was engaged in the Bulge, Alexander was only allowed to run its base camps in France - despite his protests - as General Gavin noted that he was still coughing up blood.
This memoir is based on the transcription of hundreds of hours of recorded interviews made by Alexander’s grandson, John Sparry, over a period of years late in his life. Providing valuable insight into the beloved commander who led three of the most storied battalions in the US Army, Jump Commander also contains a wealth of new detail on 82nd Airborne operations, and casts insight on some of the most crucial battles in the ETO. This action-packed narrative may well be the last remaining memoir to be written in the voice of a major airborne officer of the Greatest Generation.
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By Amazon Customer on 28-03-14
Great story, awful narrator
Where does Jump Commander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This was the hardest book I have gotten yet for listening because the narrator has a very deep voice. Even with the base turned down all the way in my car, I could not listen for long without getting a bit of a headache.
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