Colonel Bob Piper

G Company, 505th PIR

Michel de Trez

"Colonel Bob Piper" is the second volume in noted historian Michel DeTrez's Second World War paratrooper portrait series titled "The Way We Were”.
Publication date:
March 2009
Publisher :
D-Day Publishing
Illustration :
colour and b/w photos
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ISBN : 9782960017649

Dimensions : 280 X 215 mm
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"Colonel Bob Piper" is the second volume in noted historian Michel DeTrez's Second World War paratrooper portrait series titled “The Way We Were”.

Colonel Piper was a paratroop officer who served as a platoon leader, regimental adjutant (S-1) and regimental intelligence officer (S-2) in "G" company, 505th PIR, 82nd Airborne Division during the Second World War. He made all four combat jumps of the 505 and fought in all six of the 82nd's campaigns, being wounded only once.

As a member of the regimental staff, one of the many tasks assigned to Piper was ensuring the security and wellbeing of the only female 'member' of the 505. Surprisingly, there were women with some of the paratroop units in the combat zones of the ETO. And, yes, they did wear jump boots, jump wings, the All-American shoulder patch and the ubiquitous steel pot! Colonel Piper took this task so much to heart, that when the war ended, he couldn't bear the thought of having to stop, so he took an oath to care for her for the rest of his life.

Like Forrest Guth, the hero of the first volume in this portrait series, Bob Piper chose to disregard the order against taking a camera into combat, and throughout all six of his campaigns, he never left his Leica behind. Piper took some unique photos of the regimental staff in the field, including its general Officers, providing a rare insight into life as a paratrooper in World War 2.


Fascinating story, extremely well designed book and very well written. Certainly the best author of his kind. A must.
Kurt Gloshten, Sweden

I greatly enjoyed your other "The Way We Were" books about Ben Vandervoort and Bob Piper. Thank you for writing them.
John Sparry (Grandson of Mark Alexander 505/508), USA

I have very much enjoyed your books, most of which I have in my personal library. I recently retired from a 20-year career in the US Army, six years of which I served in the 82d Airborne Division. I had the opportunity to meet COL(R) Bob Piper when he served as the Chairman of my Prop Blast board in 1984. It was soldiers like him who set the standards that those of us who came later still aspire to. Your 'The Way We Were' volume on Colonel Piper was very well done and confirms that I had the opportunity to meet a very special officer. 'Keep up the good work.'
Paul Washington

I really appreciate all of your help on this. This has been a rewarding journey, and you have really helped piece some information together. I am truly enjoying your book, and would like to thank you for taking the time to gather the information on Mr. Piper, and turning it into an interesting and enjoyable read.
Kathleen Engle

I have started reading already and have found it difficult to put this book down. It's truly first class. When I see these photos and others similar, I always find it difficult to believe that these young men are young no more but elderly and frail and in many cases gone. It's sad but inevitable that this generation will leave us as others have done. Thankfully there are people such as yourself that are devoted to their memory. Thank you once again and good luck!
Andrew Macdonald, Australia