The Boldest Plan is the Best: The Combat History of the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion during WWII

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9780983963219: The Boldest Plan is the Best: The Combat History of the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion during WWII

In the fall of 1941, as the United States Army scrambled to prepare for the war they knew was coming, a new kind of soldier was training with a new way of getting to the battlefield – the paratrooper. As fate would have it, the fourth battalion of parachute infantry to be activated would be the first to deploy to England and the first to jump into combat, while their more celebrated airborne brothers were still training in the States. This independent airborne unit was designated the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion, nicknamed the Geronimos. The paratroopers of the 509th PIB were also known as “gingerbread men” for the figure on the unit patch they wore. Lieutenant Colonel Edson Raff, the first combat commander of the Geronimos, believed that in military operations “the boldest plan is the best.” That philosophy was demonstrated over and over again by the 509th PIB on the battlefields of World War II. Read the riveting true story of the first American paratroopers to jump into combat during the invasion of North Africa. Follow these same men as they parachute behind enemy lines in Italy, hold the line against a German onslaught at Anzio, and parachute into southern France. Stay with them until their last fight, during the Battle of the Bulge, where only 55 men walked away. Little has been written about the gingerbread men in WWII. Now the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion’s combat chronicle is available in one source. In “The Boldest Plan is the Best,” author Jim Broumley has skillfully crafted a narrative of the beginnings of American airborne and the first paratroopers to go into combat. The exploits of this “bastard battalion” are brought to life with the voices of the veterans themselves, seventy photographs, and seventeen original maps. Enough background on WWII is provided for the enjoyment of a general audience, but readers of military history will also relish this story of an often overlooked unit of elite American paratroopers.

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From the Author:

Before writing this book I had no affiliation to the 509th Parachute Infantry, the "Geronimos," other than being tortured by some of their members when I went through an air assault school they were running at Fort Rucker, Alabama in 1984. But in 2009 I did meet a former "gingerbread man" by the name of Mike Ponzini of Helper, Utah. Mike told me about the history of the unit and really sold me on the idea. Here's some points on why this unit history is so compelling:

- They were the first American Airborne unit to deploy to England in WWII.

- They were the first American Airborne unit to make a combat jump during WWII (North Africa).

- The unit fought as an independent battalion alongside other elite units like Darby's Rangers and the First Special Service Force at Anzio, in southern France, and at the Battle of the Bulge.

- The 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion was awarded three Presidential Unit Citations during the war. Twice, at Anzio and during the Battle of the Bulge they held off attacks by superior numbers of the enemy, which had they not, would have arguably changed the outcome of the battle.

The target audience for "Boldest Plan is the Best" is one that is not necessarily familiar with early airborne, much less the Geronimos. There really is no other "one source" volume, other than perhaps "Stand in the Door," devoted to the gingerbread men of WWII. Other works of military history mention the 509th Parachute Infantry when they appear at a certain point in their narrative, but I have no knowledge of any other books devoted solely to this unit.

For you military history aficionados, you'll appreciate that I did find a number of minor differences and discrepancies in, and between, secondary source works by Devlin, Flanagan, and Breuer. But they were minor; mostly in time, date, place, numbers of casualties, etc. The usual, I assume, that would occur in the absence of the volume of primary source documentation that exists with the airborne divisions from WWII, and nothing that would change the course of the story.

I urge everyone to also visit the companion website at JimBroumley.com for a huge selection of maps and extra pictures that did not make it into the book.

From the Back Cover:

509th Parachute Infantry Battalion

The paratroopers, light infantry that they were, held a seam between  two infantry  divisions.  The Germans had thought they could rip a hole in this seam by plowing through the Geronimos.

They were wrong.

First to Fight

Lieutenant Colonel Edson Raff, the first combat commander of the Geronimos, believed that in military operations "the boldest plan is the best."

That philosophy was demonstrated over and over again by the 509th PIB on the battlefields of World War II.  Read the riveting story of the first American paratroopers to jump into combat during the invasion of North Africa.  Follow these same men as they parachute behind enemy lines in Italy, hold the line against a German onslaught at Anzio, and parachute into southern France.  Stay with them until their last fight, during the Battle of the Bulge, where only 55 men walked away.

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