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Author: James Sheeran
Publisher: Dutton Caliber (February 7, 2012)
Language: English
Pages: 336
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A paratrooper in the 101st Airborne, James Sheeran was just a kid when he floated into Normandy on.The Nazis caught him, but they couldn't hold him-a gripping WWII memoir from a D-Day paratrooper and American hero

A paratrooper in the 101st Airborne, James Sheeran was just a kid when he floated into Normandy on D-Day-only to be captured soon afterwar. The Nazis caught him, but they couldn't hold him-a gripping WWII memoir from a D-Day paratrooper and American hero.

JAMES SHEERAN, a founding member of the 101st Airborne Division .

JAMES SHEERAN, a founding member of the 101st Airborne Division, parachuted into France on the eve of D-Day in a story we have all come to know and savor. After capture, escape, work with the French Resistance, and return to his outfit, he went on to participate in Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Ardennes. Eventually he survived to return home and reboot his life. No Surrender recounts his career from joining the army to captivity to surviving the war. Much of this will seem familiar. The distinguishing feature of his memoir, however, is his time in captivity, on the run, and with the Maquis French Resistance. The Normandy drop went poorly for Sheeran.

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No Surrender is the true story of an American WWII soldier who escaped a Nazi POW train and fought in the French Resistance, rivetingly told by the man himself.

A paratrooper in the 101st Airborne, James Sheeran was just a kid when he floated into Normandy-part of the historic invasion that brought more than a hundred thousand Allied soldiers into Nazi-occupied France. He survived D-Day only to be captured by German forces. Barefoot, starved, and sleep-deprived, he was forced on a marathon march, exposed to fire from American fighter planes, and herded onto a train to Germany.

But, using his jump knife, he carved his way out of the boxcar and leaped into the countryside. Stumbling into a French village, he found his way with the aid of the underground network, and fought alongside a guerrilla faction of the French Resistance.

This gripping account of war-torn Europe is, ultimately, a story about humanity's capacity for self-sacrifice and remarkable endurance. Here Sheeran shares not only the details of his extraordinary wartime experience, but the private thoughts that guided him in his darkest moments. It is an unforgettable memoir that will speak to anyone who has faced adversity and refused to admit defeat.

Comments: (7)
Orll
There's a special place in everyone's heart for someone who DOES NOT QUIT... no matter what. That for sure is what this book and this man's story is about. A real life lesson and in particular a psychological drama as this man tries to second guess the meanings of those trying to get him to come in because the war is over.... is it a trick? is it Yankee propaganda? is Japan really coming back soon... someday.. like thay promised when they left him with a handful on that island, to track and report back the movements of the Americans who were about to invade.... More than a war story, it's a story of undying commitment to a cause despite adverse situations .....
Kekinos
No Surrender is not your typical WWII first person account of the second world war. It's more of a personal history of one man's family history and how two world wars created an unusual situation for him.

The author is the son of a French woman who married an American solider serving in the first world war. He spoke some French when he helped invade Normandy. But his language skills became much stronger as he spent the next several months attempting to escape and evade both German forces and their sympathizers. With fantastic irony he learns about his past as he eventually arrives at his mother's home village.

The result is the book is an interesting mesh of personal family history blended with a personal perspective of the second world war unlike anything I've ever read. After all, this is the only book I'm aware of where the author joins the French resistance and fights from the inside.

The book is a light fast read. This book is a little light on action but none-the-less reflects a fascinating experience. If you enjoyed this book you might also wish to read the classic Currahee by Donald Burgett, Parachute Infantry by Web, and If you Survive by George Wilson.
Hinewen
James Sheeran, the son of a WW1 veteran and his French war bride volunteered for the airborne. He served with `I' Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regt, 101st Airborne Division in Normandy, Holland and Bastogne. Between the first two campaigns though he was also a POW and following his escape, on the run in France, which included a spell aiding the Resistance.

Sheeran gets quickly into the action. His D-day jump lands him amidst significant German forces and despite doing his best to take the battle to the enemy he is captured on D+1. There follows a fairly horrendous experience as a POW. The captured Americans are treated quite badly and over the next few weeks they are all debilitated with lack of food and water. It is clear that being taken POW does not mean safety and it is revealed there are still many ways to die. Sheeran and a friend however manage to escape and then spend some months on the run with the aid of many gallant French civilians. They are also able to give training to a Marquist group before finding themselves in Sheeran's mother's home town, where he is able to pierce together the story of her tragic youth. These adventures amount to about half the book.

Following being liberated by advancing US forces Sheeran insists on rejoining his company for Market Garden and then duly fights in the battle for Bastogne. Sheeran is very much in the thick of the combat. In Holland he duels with snipers and goes on some hair raising patrols. At the Bulge, his unit is deployed around Foy and there is much in the way of tank attacks and extreme shelling. The author does write on killing, though without too much detail on his own part. While the confusing nature of battle is quite clear, it was also hard at times to know why things happened as they did. Such is war I suppose but I was perplexed a few times.

A few other reviewers have commented on the accuracy of some things. I am happy to accept the book at face value but there were some incredible things and I did wonder if they were a bit too incredible? There were also some odd errors, like naming the British trapped at the point end of Hell's Highway as an armored division? (It was of course 1st British Airborne, though elsewhere he calls them the 6th.) There are others too, which is surprising for a man who makes a lot of his ability to recall detail. More concerning was the passage where he and his friends destroyed two Tiger tanks with a 37mm anti-tank gun! Perhaps these details were gotten wrong by the people who completed the book following Sheeran's death in 2007. They don't necessarily discredit the whole story of course but potential readers who place value on these sort of things might take note.

These things aside, it is an extraordinary story that was well worth telling. The passages involving the French Underground are quite interesting and offer something new compared to the experiences most other soldiers had. 3 ¾ stars
Leyl
I had the unique pleasure of hearing bits of this story as I was growing up, and the overwhelming honor of having James Sheeran for a grandfather.

When I was growing up, I heard this story and believed my grandfather to be the luckiest man alive. The story is almost magical, the kind that one would be ashamed to submit to a publisher were it a work of fiction because the twists and turns of the story are so unbelievable. For those of us in the Sheeran clan, the mirabelle has come to be a symbol of our seeminly starstruck lives-- anyone reading this memoir will clearly understand why.

Our times could certainly benefit from even a bit of the exposure I was so lucky to have to this remarkable member of the greatest generation. His devotion to honest evaluation of himself and his choices, his unwillingness to accept a world that didn't live up to his lofty ideals, his incredible loyalty, and his near inablility to consider anything but what he believed to be the morally right decision-- all of these often lost ideals are evident in his writing.

It is a real treat for WWII and particularly 101st buffs. He manages to have a story that encompasses multiple jumps, fighting with the Maquis, important information gathering missions, and capture by the Germans. For someone seeking a good story, or with a bit of a romantic streak, here we have a story that reaches across generations with an incredible intersection of his life and his parent's-- and a glamorous night out with a movie star in London. For any reader, the story is deeply satisfying.