Tonight We Die As Men

Tonight We Die As Men

The untold story of Third Battalion 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment from Tocchoa to D-Day

General Military
  • Author: Ian Gardner, Roger Day
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 10 Apr 2009
  • ISBN: 9781846033223
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number of Pages: 344
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About this Product

The exploits of the 3rd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) have been long overshadowed by those of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion. Yet the actions of the 3rd Battalion during the D-Day landings were every bit as incredible and this is the astounding story of how, after suffering many immediate casualties on landing, the surviving paratroopers fought on towards their objectives against horrendous odds. Using fascinating first-hand accounts of the soldiers and the French civilians who witnessed the Normandy campaign, and illustrated with black and white photographs and maps throughout, the authors offer a unique, comprehensive account of the experiences of the 3rd battalion from training through to D-Day and beyond.

Biographical Note

Ian Gardner served for five years in Support Company,10th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment as a medic, before leaving the Territorial Army in 1993 due to a parachuting injury. Ian has always loved military history but it was several years after leaving 10 Para that his interest in WWII US Paratroopers really began. Inspired after a visit to Normandy in 2000 he decided to focus on the 101st Airborne Division and in particular the 3rd Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Currently a self-employed graphic designer, this book is his first historical work co-written with Roger Day. He is married, has two teenage children and lives near Aldershot in Hampshire. Roger Day's family have lived in and around the village of Ramsbury for generations. Roger spent his childhood and early adult years living in the village and during that time became very interested in the wartime history of Ramsbury and the surrounding area. His interest in local wartime history resulted in the publication, during 1999, of his first book entitled Ramsbury at War . In addition to co-authoring Here's to your Dog Tags with Ian Gardner, Roger is currently working on a history of the Second World War ammunition depot that was located in Savernake Forest, Wiltshire.


Foreword by Ed Shames, 3rd BN, 506th PIR Introduction by Mark Bando Preface and Acknowledgments 1. "Hit it - 13 weeks of pain” - Creation of the 506th PIR 2. "Time, gentlemen, please” - The 506th at Ramsbury, UK 3. "Here's to your dog tags” - Preparations for D-Day 4. "Jump into the fight” - Operation Overlord 5. "God, let me live til morning” - D-Night Part 1 6. "For Christ's sake, let's go” - D-Night Part 2 7. "A real feeling of victory” - D-Day: June 6, 1944 8. "No word from 3rd Battalion, 506th PIR” - D-Day + 1 9. "A pitiful sight” - D-Day + 2 10. "Don't shoot, we're Americans” - Regrouping and consolidation 11. "Still an American paratrooper” - POWs and counterattacks 12. "I ain't dead yet” - The battle of Bloody Gully , June 13 1944 13. "Things are pretty calm right now” - Operations on the Main Line of Resistance 14. "Go on Yank, have a drink” - Return to Ramsbury Bibliography Index

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