By Mark Bando
A minute-by-minute and daily account of the elite one hundred and first Airborne’s bold parachute touchdown at the back of enemy strains at Normandy is observed through firsthand debts from Airborne veterans and 40 extraordinary, formerly unknown (let on my own released) colour photographs of the “Screaming Eagles” at Normandy and in nice Britain sooner than the invasion. Accompanying those outstanding D-Day colour Kodachromes—which have been unearthed within the attic of a military doctor’s daughter—are greater than hundred black-and-white images from one hundred and first survivors and the author’s personal deepest assortment. this is often an remarkable examine an elite struggling with strength in the course of one of many final century’s most vital moments.
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Free people wanted to escape working for wages, no matter how plentiful those wages were, because, Norris argued, “by Planting . . ” Nairne agreed: “How much better for Men to improve their own Lands, for the use of themselves, and Posterity; to sit under their own Vine, and eat the Fruits of their Labour,” than to work for others. 4 Third, Thistlewood craved recognition as a man of skill and intelligence. What renown Thistlewood had in mid-eighteenth-century Jamaica related to his expertise in horticulture and science.
Nevertheless, the vast majority of the text is accessible. At times, it is diﬃcult to distinguish between vowels, and some of Thistlewood’s abbreviations are mystifying. Moreover, his spelling was less than perfect (though better than that of his nephew John, who had execrable spelling and even worse grammar), and he did not always care to make his entries grammatically perfect. In this book, I have modernized spelling and added punctuation if needed to clarify words and sentences. 47 Our reading of the diaries must be mediated by our understanding of Thistlewood’s strategies of inclusion and exclusion.
In total, the diaries include over 10,000 pages of daily entries covering 39 years, 37 of which were spent in Westmoreland Parish. Each 24 | t h e g r ay z o n e page contains between 150 and 200 words, the total text running to perhaps 2 million words. Thistlewood was a remarkably diligent diary keeper, virtually never missing a day’s entry. He wrote in a clear, if tiny, script, so readers have little diﬃculty in deciphering his handwriting, although on occasion it is too faint to discern. A few pages are too discolored to be properly transcribed.
101st Airborne: The Screaming Eagles at Normandy by Mark Bando