504th Parachute Infantry Regiment (82nd Airborne Regiment) in Leicestershire April to September 1944
Published by Woodfield in 2007, 92 pages. Large A4 size softback (N4462)
From the rear side cover: This book tells the story of the five month period in 1944 when the men of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment (nicknamed The Devils in Baggy Pants) and part of the famous US 82nd Airborne Division, found themselves temporary neighbours, and in many cases good friends, to the villagers of Evington, Stoughton and Oadby in Leicestershire.
Here they enjoyed a brief few months of respite after their participation in the campaigns of North Africa, Sicily and Italy, before ehading nack into the thick of the action once again on D-Day.
During their stay there was plenty of time for the young US paratroopers to make an impact on the local population, and even 60 years on, they are still fondly remembered by many locals, who have never forgotten the warmth, generosity and attitude of the Yanks.
Although just a footnote to the history of the Second World War, this book records a significant chapter in the lives of all the people involved and as such is a very welcome and worthwhile piece of social history....
The condition of the book is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound - the book looks like it has never been read! The book does have very slight 'waving' (undulations) to the inside pages, which has been caused from the book being stored flat on the shelves