Gardner, Ian

No victory in Valhalla : the untold story of Third Battalion 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment from Bastogne to Berchtesgaden / Ian Gardner ; foreword by Ed Shames. - 352 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, plates ; 24 cm.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-342) and index. Foreword by Ed Shames -- Preface by George Kosimaki -- Introduction by James "Pee Wee" Martin -- "Johnny, we hardly knew you": Camp Chalons, Mourmelon-le-Grand - November 28 - December 18, 1944 -- "Ghost Front": December 17-19, 1944 -- "Today is the only reality": December 20, 1944 -- "Epitaph for a generation": December 21-24, 1944 -- "The deep six": The worst winter in 50 years -- "Steel whirlwind": Post-Christmas breakthrough -- "Hell nigh": Clearing the Fazone Woods - January 9. 1945 -- "Salute the new dawn": The final attacks on Foy and Noville - January 13-17, 1945 -- "After the storm": Alsace Lorraine and the Colmar Pocket - January 21-February 25, 1945 -- "Home aive in '45": Return to Mourmelon - February 26-April 2 , 1945 -- "Setting sons": The Ruhr, western Germany - April 3-24, 1945 -- "Striking back": The plight of the 3rd Battalion POWs - June 1944-May 1945 -- "Candle for the dead": Southern Bavaria - April 28-May 3, 1945 -- "The roaring silence": Berchstesgaden, Austria, and France - May 4-November 30, 1945. Cover; Title; Contents; Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. "Johnny, we hardly knew you"; 2. "Ghost front"; 3. "Today is the only reality"; 4. "Epitaph for a generation"; 5. "The deep six"; 6. "Steel whirlwind"; 7. "Hell night"; 8. "Salute the new dawn"; 9. "After the storm"; 10. "Home alive in '45"; 11. "Setting sons"; 12. "Striking back"; 13. "Candle for the dead"; 14. "The roaring silence"; Epilogue; Bibliography; Glossary; Imprint.

In late November 1944, after 71 days on the line in Holland, the 506th PIR was withdrawn having suffered heavy losses during Operation Market Garden, and each paratrooper was looking forward to three months rest, recuperation, and restructuring. However, this was not to be. On December 16, 1944, the Germans launched a huge offensive which came to be known as the Battle of the Bulge and the 101st Airborne Division was rushed into action to stem the German tide. The ensuing large-scale combat operation would write the most dramatic chapter in the history of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment and Third Battalion in particular. Bitter fighting in unbearable conditions saw the battalion reduced to the size of a company before its relief on January 17. Following this the battalion took part in the reduction of the Colmar Pocket, the Ruhr Pocket, and the liberation of the concentration camps in Germany itself, with Ed Shames being the first Allied soldier to cross the gates of Dachau. The Third Battalion finished the war occupying Hitler's mountain retreat of Berchtesgarden, held on readiness for deployment to the Pacific until Hiroshima and Nagasaki precipitated the Japanese surrender. This book is the final book in a gripping trilogy which includes Tonight We Die as Men and Deliver us from Darkness.

9781472801333 (hbk.)

United States. Army. Parachute Infantry Regiment, 506th. Battalion, 3rd --History.

World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Europe.
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, American.
World War, 1939-1945--Regimental histories--United States.