World War II books and books about the 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion

Recommended 551st reading


  • Airborne, E.M. Flanagan, Jr. Ballantine Books, New York, 2002
  • Champagne Campaign, The, Robert H. Adleman & Colonel George Walton. Little, Brown & Co., Boston, 1969.
  • First Airborne Task Force, De Trez, Michel. D-Day Publishing, Brussels Belguim, 1998.
  • Geronimo!, William B. Breur. St. Martin's Press, New York, 1989
  • In their Own Words, (Audiobook) Topics Entertainment. 2002.
  • Left Corner of My Heart, Dan Morgan. Wauconda, Washington; Adler Enterprises, 1984.
  • L'Enfer De Trois-Ponts Du 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion, Serge Fontaine. D-Day Publishing, Belgium, 1988
  • Messengers of the Lost Battalion Orfalea, Gregg. Free Press, New York, New York, 1997.
  • Operation Dragoon, William Breuer. Presidio Press, Novato, CA, 1987.
  • Paratroopers!, Gerard Devlin. St. Martin's Press, New York, 1986.
  • Paratroopers Odyssey, A history of the 517th PCT, Clark Archer. 517th PRCTA, FL,1985
  • Rendezvous at Rochelinval, Tucker, Bill. Harwichport, Massachusetts; International Airborne Books, 1999.
  • Riviera to the Rhine, Jeffrey J. Clarke & Robert R. Smith. CMH-US Army, Washington DC, 1993.
  • USA Airborne, 50th Anniversary: The 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion, Dillard, Douglas, COL (USA Ret). Turner Publishing Company, 1990.


  • The History Channel, Suicide Missions: Winter Warriors, 2000.

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Monuments to the 551st

    Memorial with Dog
    551st PIB Memorial, Ft, Benning, GA
  • Arlington National Cemetery, Memorial Tree (Red Oak). Section 33
  • La Chapelle, Belgium
  • Lieurneux, Belgium
  • Rochelinval, Belgium (2 monuments, 1 from the 551st and 1 to the 551st and in memory of LTC Joerg.)


  • The Musee De Liberation , in Le Muy, France, is small but full of great exhibits, many pertaining to the 551st. They even have a Waco glider that was found in the woods near one of the LZ's in 1991 by one of the curators. No canvas was left, but the framework was totally intact.

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