Col. Ben Vandervoort

The Way We Were

Michel de Trez

"Col. Ben Vandervoort" is the fourth volume in noted historian Michel De Trez's World War 2 paratrooper portrait series titled 'The Way We Were'. The 505th PIR of the 82nd Airborne Division is one of the finest parachute infantry regiments to emerge from the Second World War.
Publication date:
March 2009
Publisher :
D-Day Publishing
Language:
English
Illustration :
full colour illustrations throughout
Format Available     Quantity Price
Paperback
ISBN : 9782960017670

Dimensions : 280 X 215 cm
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£22.50
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Overview
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"Col. Ben Vandervoort" is the fourth volume in noted historian Michel De Trez's World War 2 paratrooper portrait series titled 'The Way We Were'.

The 505th PIR of the 82nd Airborne Division is one of the finest parachute infantry regiments to emerge from the Second World War. Its second battalion did much toward earning this reputation, and the records show that its intrepid commander, Lt. Col. Benjamin H. Vandervoort deserves much of the credit due in securing these accolades. His two Distinguished Service Crosses are certainly evidence enough to support this claim.

Among the more riveting stories of heroism in World War 2 is that of Lt. Col. Vandervoort, who led his battalion of paratroopers to victory on D-Day, despite having broken his ankle when he dropped on Ste. Mere Eglise in the early morning hours of June 6th. His coolness under fire, outstanding courage and initiative, coupled with his dogged determination, contributed materially to the successful completion of the missions assigned to him. His tenacity and resourcefulness demonstrated the highest qualities expected of US Army paratroop officers.

Colonel Vandervoort's role in the Normandy campaign was immortalized when actor John Wayne portrayed him in the Hollywood epic "the Longest Day", based on the best-selling novel by Cornelius Ryan. His name remains a legend in the armed forces today. Vandervoort was described by Gen. Matt Ridgway, then Commanding Officer of the 82nd Airborne Division, and later to become the US Army Chief of Staff, as "one of the bravest and toughest battle commanders I ever knew". Oliver B. Carr, a lieutenant who fought under Vandervoort in Normandy, stated "He had the respect of every man in the outfit. He was very brave and very calm in situations where it was extremely hard to remain calm".

REVIEWS

Michel de Trez has a well earned reputation as a leading authority on the World War II airborne troops. Due to his reputation, and contacts, Michel has obtained access to rare historical material. The material related to the World War II experience of Major Daniel McIlvoy; regimental surgeon of the 505th PIR, is such an example. In his usual excellent manner, Michel shares this important material related to the often neglected story of the medics and their essential role. Once again, Michel has created a wonderful mix of period photographs, artifacts, and accounts with his expert commentary to tell the "story".
Charles Counts, USA

I had never seen so much medical equipment in a book and so many unpublished pictures of the Medics in Normandy. Very, very impressive.
Mark Sluits, Holland