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No Victory in Valhalla

NO VICTORY IN VALHALLA

By Ian Gardner 

A MUST READ 

Ian GardnerWhen Ian Gardner asked me to help him out with his new book, I was more than pleased to only charge him with a cup of coffee.

His reputation of being an author who does his research to the detail convinced me to assist him. It resulted in two years of hard work, walking the battlefields with our maps, reports, personal accounts, interviews and archives…. Sorting out details and checking stories. Snow up to our knees and temperatures down to -14 C°.  Many hours discussing tactics and movements and finding the missing pieces of the giant puzzle. Talking to the locals, analyzing every morning report, AAR’s and personal accounts. And then do it over and over and over again.  Very time consuming. 

‘No Victory in Valhalla’ tells the story of the Third Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Battalion  from Bastogne to Berchtesgaden and beyond, seen through the eyes of those who were there. The unsung heroes who gave all for freedom.  It gives a detailed account of the attacks in Foy and Recogne, outlining the buildup and a step by step account of these battles which has never been done before.

The detailed maps make it easy for you to ‘read’ the actions and the photo’s are bringing it all to life. 

In his own style, Ian Gardner takes you back in time and makes you feel like being one of the ‘Boys’.  

A unique book in many ways. 

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Based on extensive interviews with the surviving veterans, No Victory in Valhalla relives the dramatic struggle of the famed “Screaming Eagles” paratroopers in some of the toughest fighting of World War II. Famously profiled in Band of Brothers, the division as a whole was awarded Unit Citation for its heroic defense of Bastogne – a first in the history of the US armed forces.

It’s late November 1944, after 71 days fighting in Holland, and the 506th Parachute Infantry are withdrawn having suffered heavily during Operation Market-Garden, and are looking forward to three months R&R. However, this is not to be. On December 16, 1944, the Germans launched the 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. The Third Battalion finished the war occupying Hitler’s mountain retreat of Berchtesgaden, held on readiness for deployment to the Pacific until Hiroshima and Nagasaki precipitated the Japanese surrender.

This book is the final chapter in a gripping trilogy which includes Tonight We Die as Men and Deliver us from Darkness.