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Thomas H. Taylor

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Colonel Thomas H. Taylor, USA (ret.) whose military service included a tour with the 101st Airborne and a tour in Vietnam is the author of The Simple Sounds of Freedom: The True Story of the Only Soldier to Fight for Both America and the Soviet Union in World War II; Lightning in the Storm: The 101st Air Assault Division in the Gulf War; and, and a co-author of Rangers: Lead the Way.

The Library Journal said of The Simple Sounds of Freedom: The True Story of the Only Soldier to Fight for Both America and the Soviet Union in World War II, “This is the riveting story of Joe Beyrle's amazing World War II odyssey. An unassuming kid from Muskegon, MI, who joined the famed 506th regiment of the 101st Airborne Division (called the Screaming Eagles), Joe proved to be a tough paratrooper who made two secret drops into France months before D-day. But like many of his comrades, he was left alone and disoriented in the French countryside after his D-day drop. He was captured, escaped, was recaptured, and underwent a vicious interrogation that led to a cracked skull. He was then thrown into a boxcar full of American POWs and shipped east. Thus began a hellish journey that eventually led to his escaping the German stalags and joining a Soviet tank battalion on the eastern front making him the only soldier to have fought in both the U.S. and Soviet armies. Incredibly, this is the first time Beyrle's story has been made public, and Taylor tells it with true "Airborne" pride. Taylor himself is a highly decorated Screaming Eagle of the Vietnam era whose father was Gen. Maxwell Taylor, the legendary leader of the 101st during the European campaign. Taylor skillfully intermixes Joe's ordeal with the 101st's battles against the Germans, from D-day to Bastogne. He has carefully corroborated the details of Joe's adventures with other POWs and available documents. Fortunately, Beyrle is still alive to enjoy the recognition his unbounded courage deserves.”


Lightning in the Storm: The 101st Air Assault Division in the Gulf War
Thomas Taylor  More Info

The Simple Sounds of Freedom : The True Story of the Only Soldier to Fight for Both America and the Soviet Union in World War II
Thomas H. Taylor  More Info

Rangers: Lead the Way
Thomas H. Taylor  More Info

Booklist said of Lightning in the Storm: The 101st Air Assault Division in the Gulf War, “This history of the airborne division famed as the "Screaming Eagles" of World War II and Vietnam has the usual drawback of unit histories: You have to have broad knowledge of the conflict at hand--in this case the Persian Gulf War--to fully appreciate it. Given that knowledge, it is a good narrative that mixes the anecdotal and the analytical without unreasonably exaggerating the division's contribution to the coalition victory and that is written to be accessible to a broad range of readers. Taylor, who has written the book as a tribute to noncommissioned officers in particular, has the triple qualifications of being a writer, a veteran of the division, and the son of the late Maxwell Taylor, the division's commander during World War II.”

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