In Their Own Words

Overview

Relive the climactic events of WWII and D-Day with actual, first-hand accounts from the heroic men who bravely fought to preserve our ideal of freedom. Filled with emotion, patriotism and candor, each gripping story featured within In Their Own Words reveals the triumphs and struggles of those who survived the most unthinkable, life-altering conditions. This 8-cassette suite, containing over 8 hours of riveting, personal accounts, exposes the inside story of the U.S. airborne assault, the invasion of Normandy, the infamous Battle of the Bulge, and numerous other decisive events of the war. Told with unprecedented detail by the veterans of this momentous conflict, each story of hardship, endurance, and comradeship will reawaken your pride and appreciation for those who valiantly served our nation.

Compact Disc 1: Airborn Assault - Tom McCarthy and Francis Lamoureux of the 504th and 508th Parachute Infantry Regiments went into action before the landing troops and paratroopers, establishing drop zones and occupying opposition forces.

Compact Disc 2: Hit the Beach - Jerry Markham and John Talton from Naval Combat Demolition Units 44 and 46 were responsible for blowing obstacles and clearing a path through Omaha Beach and Hitler's Atlantic Wall.

Compact Disc 3: US Rangers - Leonard Lomell and Sidney Salomon from the 2nd Ranger Battalion were among those who comprised America's first Special Forces group, which invaded France in June, 1944.

Compact Disc 4: Glider Attack - William Horn and Leo Cordier, pilots who flew unarmed and un-powered planes, were transferred behind enemy lines before the invasion troops arrived in Europe.

Compact Disc 5: Armored Warfare - Belton Cooper (author of Death Traps) and Bertrand Close of the 3rd Armored Division were among those who joined the fight in Europe after D-Day, equipped with M4-Sherman Tanks.

Compact Disc 6: The Air War - Clarence "Bud" Anderson and Francis "Gabby" Gabreski of the 357th and 56th Fighter Groups, 8th Air Force, were among the first pilots to fly the P-51 Mustangs and P-47 Thunderbolts, while escorting bombers over Germany.

Compact Disc 7: Battle of the Bulge - Douglas Dillard and Richard Durkee of the 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion and Robert Piller of the 99th Infantry Division were "Winter Warriors of WWII", the brave men who challenged German troops and the winter elements during the infamous Battle of the Bulge.

Compact Disc 8: Assault on Germany - Robert Weiss of the 230th Field Artillery Battalion (author of Enemy, North, South, East, West) was a U.S. Army Forward Observer responsible for moving ahead of the troops to find targets for artillery.

Reviews (4)

not worth it

Written by Lon Shaver on January 2nd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Don't bother with this one. While the people should be honoured and their experiences are interesting, it would have been better "NOT in their own words" as they are not the best speakers - LOTS of pauses, delays, restarts and tangents that dilute the stories and would have been better edited out. Had to crank the volume to hear/understand some of them and then the VERY cheesy propaganda narrative cuts in at MUCH higher volume than the speakers, making you jump for the volume knob. Also, in some cases the people interviewing the veterans ask the most obvious questions, like "were you scared on D-day?". Didn't finish the first set of discs and cancelled delivery of the second....says it all, time better spent listening to other ones.

In Their Own Words

Written by Mark McCann on June 17th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Interesting tales heard directly from the men who were there. Hearing the heartfelt stories told by the soldiers themselves definitely adds an emotional aspect on an already fascinating subject. Poignant, to say the least. However, because of the nature of the first-person oration, the flow is often interrupted by the occasional distracting “Um’s” and “Uh’s.” Nonetheless, this is a good listen for any World War II aficionado.

Interesting but not intriguing

Written by Anonymous from Norfolk, MA on March 21st, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Certainly worth listening to if you are a war-history buff. I respect the project since as these heros pass away, we will lose these stories. In some respects, I did understand what they went through but I think it would have been more compelling as a narrative where these men signed off on what was written. I didn't feel fully involved which is what I had hoped for.

Entertaining, but not very informative

Written by LPM on December 27th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This is a good book if you enjoy hanging out at the local VFW and listening to war stories (which I do). You get to hear the first hand account of a soldier's experience and his thoughts and fears. You have to be patient because they do repeat themselves and lose their train of thought, but it is enjoyable.

Author Details

Author Details

McCarthy, Tom

Tom McCarthy is a British novelist based in London. His most recent novel, Satin Island, was shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize.