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After the Allied defeat in the Battle of the Bulge, the Screaming Eagles were rushed to Bastogne, a small Belgian crossroads town where seven roads met. The lightly armed paratrooper unit became the "cork in the bottle" of the Nazi onslaught; Bastogne became the key to victory. The soldiers immediately found themselves in close combat. Without enough ammunition, food, or cAfter the Allied defeat in the Battle of the Bulge, the Screaming Eagles were rushed to Bastogne, a small Belgian crossroads town where seven roads met. The lightly armed paratrooper unit became the "cork in the bottle" of the Nazi onslaught; Bastogne became the key to victory. The soldiers immediately found themselves in close combat. Without enough ammunition, food, or clothing, in freezing weather and deep snow, they held out against the best the Nazis could throw at them, buying the time needed for Patton's Third Army to arrive from the South....

Title : Seven Roads to Hell: A Screaming Eagle at Bastogne
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ISBN : 9780440236276
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Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Seven Roads to Hell: A Screaming Eagle at Bastogne Reviews

  • Gary Brecht
    2019-06-04 09:43

    This is a memoir of the author’s days in the 101st Airborne Division during WWII. It focuses on the battle for Bastogne where a critical junction of seven roads was seized and held until they were relieved many days later by Patton’s 3rd Army. The battle for Bastogne was one part of the overall Nazi offensive in the winter of 1944 when the Germans made an all out effort to break through the Allied lines in what is now known as the Battle of the Bulge. This is a sanguine account of the terror and degradation of personal combat. It underscores the necessity for combatants to concentrate on survival skills if they are to succeed in the dirty business of war. In spite of it all, humor keeps these numb soldiers from going insane. This is definitely a grunt’s eye view of war.

  • Iain
    2019-06-11 13:43

    I found this an excellent account of the authors experiences during the battle of the Bulge. As usual with first person accounts, the author's writing style isn't particularly polished and his voice falters when discussing strategic matters beyond his personal experience. But as an account of the courage and fortitude of soldiers in combat, the book stands tall.

  • John Nevola
    2019-05-24 05:50

    The victory at Bastogne was very likely won at the battle of Noville. When Combat Command B of the 10th Armored Division was posted to Noville to blunt the onslaught of the 2nd Panzer Division, it seemed like too little too late. But when Burgett’s 1st Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment reinforced them, they were able to make a fight of it.Seven Roads To Hell recounts the bloody 2 day battle for Noville where out manned and outgunned American forces held off vastly superior German forces giving precious time for the defenders of Bastogne to dig in. American tank destroyers made the German Panzers pay dearly for every inch of ground while the paratroopers and armored infantry engaged the Germans at close quarters, sometimes hand-to-hand, fighting. While to book goes on to recount the fighting in the Bois Jacques Woods, the lifting of the siege of Bastogne and the reclaiming of lost territory, the battle and withdrawal from Noville are the most illuminating and compelling parts of this book. Burgett is as graphic and explicit in Seven Roads to Hell as he is in his other books and this lends a gripping sense of realism to his writing. The book contains some period photographs and very good maps, which help explain the dispositions of the forces involved.The withdrawal from Noville is featured prominently in my historical novel and Seven Roads To Hell contributed substantially to the background of that section of The Last Jump.

  • Dr.J.G.
    2019-06-06 13:05

    Some episodes of history are more than unforgettable, they are thrilling every time one thinks of them. One such is the battle of the bulge, when the allied forces were further out than could be logistically supported and German forces unexpectedly turned around to strike back, and the allies were surrounded on almost all sides with almost no option but to surrender or be massacred - and yet the commander famously replied "nuts" to the proposal of surrender from the Germans, barely taking the cigar out of his mouth for saying that much calmly, immediately, nonchalantly.Patton was in Italy and was informed of the bulge and the urgency - and he drove his army in an impossible drive across to the battlefront in Ardennes near Belgian border in time to save the situation, the men, the battle and the war.

  • Keith
    2019-05-21 12:06

    I had a chance to meet Mr. Burgett and the same stark honesty that you get from hearing him in person shines through in this book. His story is remarkable and anyone who enjoyed the book Band of Brothers, really deserves to read Mr. Burgett's books as well. They provide another view on the same historical events from a completely different perspective. I've found Stephen Ambrose a bit jingoistic in his portrayal of Americans at war and Burgett's tempered view seems to come from a more calculated and reflected upon place.

  • Logan Simonsen
    2019-06-11 07:53

    I loved reading this book. I felt like the Author was very honest in his remembrance of the events as they took place. There is no need to dress up a story like this, it is real life and it is fascinating. You can read a lot of books about the overall battle of the bulge but it is great to just get a single soldiers perspective. It makes you feel like you know, at least a tiny bit, what it was like to be there.

  • Wysteria
    2019-06-01 09:08

    There aren't a lot of wasted words in this book. Burgett doesn't use flowery language or embellish anything. He's very direct. It's a lot of simple description and most of it is not of pretty things. I can't think of a single reason this should be a good book. It doesn't have the happiest of endings. It's not set anywhere you'd want to go. But it's still an amazing story.

  • Chuck
    2019-05-27 09:54

    Best book about combat I've ever read. Disturbing, but a must read for anyone with an interest in what combat is like. Though tank destroyers played a minor roll in WWII, apparently they played a major roll in the fighting just north of Bastogne. The M18 Hellcat availed itself, with the skill of their operators of course, during a tactical retreat and other fighting.

  • Cimuchowski
    2019-06-10 07:48

    When encircled, don't give up! The broken nails you suffer from the choke hold on the enemies supplies will soon be forgotten.Although the shape that Germany was in at this point in the war would not have stopped the allies, only slowed them down.

  • John
    2019-05-21 13:46

    Up-close and personal account of an enlisted man and his unit of the 101st Airborne at Bastogone during WWII's Battle of The Bulge. Not elegantly written but it drips with authenticity. A good read.

  • Tyler Dahl
    2019-05-31 12:49

    Excellent first hand account of what the Para Troopers went through during this epic battle. This should be required reading in our schools so that our younger generations can gain a better perspective of the greatest generation.

  • Read1000books
    2019-06-14 14:02

    Book 3 of 4 detailing Burgett's World War 2 experiences in the 101st Airborne Division. This one recounts being trapped at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. Caution: This is hard core military history and Burgett cuts no corners. Not for the squeamish.

  • Jim Bradford
    2019-05-27 09:47

    Fantastic! There is nothing quite like a first-hand account of military action, and this story doesn't disappoint. It opens the reader to a horrific view of a history conflict as experienced by a single soldier. Sobering and heavy, but action packed and informative at the same time.

  • Don
    2019-06-12 07:07

    Great but grim view of a individual's experience during the Battle of the Bulge. Not quite as good as Sledge's With the Old Breed but close.

  • Mathew
    2019-05-16 13:47

    Third installment- in the cold and snow of the Battle of the Bulge. Least favorite of the three I have read, but still excellent.

  • Ted
    2019-05-25 07:47

    One of the best accounts of small units in action.

  • Craydon Burrows
    2019-06-06 09:10

    a very good book, them soldiers went thru some heavy shit man.