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Seven roads to hell : a Screaming Eagle at Bastogne
Burgett, Donald R. (Donald Robert), 1925-
Publication Information:
Novato, CA : Presidio, [1999]

Physical Description:
xiii, 225 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, plans ; 23 cm
Reading Level:
1050 Lexile.
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D756.5.A7 B87 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Chronicles eleven days in Bastogne, during which the Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division held off the Nazi counterattack long enough for Patton's Third Army to redeploy.

Author Notes

Donald R. Burgett is a retired roofing contractor who lives northwest of Ann Arbor in Howell, Michigan. This is the fourth & concluding installment of his "Screaming Eagle" memoirs which include "Currahee!", "The Road to Arnhem", & "Seven Roads to Hell".

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Burgett follows Currahee!, his memoir of the Normandy invasion with the 101st Airborne Division--the "Screaming Eagles" --with the story of the legendary stand at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. There, surrounded and outnumbered, the 101st and a few other units held the vital junction of seven roads. Burgett's account is unsparingly realistic about the lot of even the elite infantryman. Only partially recovered from its campaign in the Low Countries, the 101st was rushed into combat. For much of the Battle of Bastogne, it was short of ammunition and medical supplies, without air cover, with little or no winter clothing, and with only a motley array of weapons, some of them captured from the Germans or borrowed from other American units. Burgett is eloquent about the hardships and hazards that he survived, while many good friends did not, as well as about some of the 101st's supporters, including an African American howitzer battalion that fought to the limits of its ammunition supply. A sterling addition on the infantryman's World War II. --Roland Green

Library Journal Review

Burgett is a veteran of the 101st Airborne and the author of Currahee!, a memoir of the Normandy invasion written shortly after World War II. This is a memoir of Burgetts experiences during the momentous Battle of the Bulge. His narrative flows from one experience to the next with compelling momentum, and his harrowing accounts of battle will leave readers in awe of the courage of soldiers. Burgett provides enough background and description to set the stage for each part of the battle that swirled around him, and numerous maps and photographs detail the action. Burgetts story is not one that he lived through some distance from the lineshis division was right in the thick of battle. He provides a complete picture of the brutality of war and an excellent account of one of the wars most pivotal battles. Recommended for both public and academic libraries.Mark E. Ellis, Albany State Univ., GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
1 Breakthroughp. 1
2 Attackp. 52
3 Withdrawalp. 90
4 The Woods Fightp. 126
5 Sunshine and Friendly Peoplep. 143
Piloguep. 223