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)">Seven Roads to Hell book coverSeven Roads to Hell :
A Screaming Eagle at Bastogne

by Donald R. Burgett

Description of Seven Roads to Hell:

This first-hand account of the Battle of the Bulge is a testament to the Screaming Eagles and their epic defense of Bastogne. There, surrounded and outnumbered, the 101st and a few other units held the vital junction of seven roads. 24 photos.

Comments about Seven Roads to Hell:

(from Scout, January 24, 2002): I was struck by a couple of differences between his recollections and Stephen Ambrose's book of E Company (101st Airborne) experiences in Bastogne in " Band of Brothers." Burgett stated that General Maxwell Taylor proved to be a great leader who was well-liked and respected by everyone in the 101st. In his book, Ambrose related a conversation he had with Captain Winters. Winters never came right out and said it, but you were left with the opinion he didn't have a lot of respect for General Taylor. Another difference was the experience of going into Bastogne when they witnessed the chaotic and sometimes sad retreat of the soldiers who were leaving the area. According to Ambrose's book, when asked if they had any extra ammo, the retreating soldiers gladly gave it to the soldiers of Easy Company. (One member of E Co. was quoted as saying that by giving away their ammo, the retreating men relieved themselves of any further obligation to stand and fight.) Burgett in his book recalled that when they asked the retreating men "to give us their weapons, or at least give us some of their ammunition" all of them refused. Burgett said he understood...they probably didn't want to be left without a way to defend themselves. It's interesting to note the different experiences and recollections of soldiers in the same battle. I haven't finished Burgett's book yet, but it's pretty good so far. Scout

Seven Roads to Hell available in:
Hardcover (list price $24.95) and Paperback (list price $6.99)

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