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BATTERY! by Joseph S. Covais

BATTERY!  C. Lenton Sartain and the Airborne GIs of the 319th Glider Field Artillery, by Joseph S. Covais

BATTERY! is the story of "A" Battery, 319th Glider Field Artillery Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division. The 319th was with the 82nd in every campaign from North Africa to the occupation of Berlin and is believed to be the most highly decorated field artillery unit of the war. Though it is most closely associated with the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, the 319th also served with and closely supported the 504th, 505th, 507th PIR as well as the 325th Glider infantry.

The book is based on in-depth interviews conducted by the author with twenty surviving members of this unit, and is centered on the perspective of their charismatic Battery Commander, Captain Charles Lenton Sartain of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Using his background in clinical psychology Covais helped the veterans to talk about their experiences in a candid, direct manner, relating many sensitive and controversial aspects of their service previously left unspoken. Over 175 never before published photographs accent the book - many taken under combat conditions, depicting battle field scenes, camp life, and the individuals featured in the story. Maps of military operations produced expressly for BATTERY! enhance the narrative. 585 pages.

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Copies of BATTERY! May be purchased at Amazon.com or, if signed copies are wanted, directly from the author for $24.95.
Mail checks to: Joseph Covais
16 Abenaki Way, Apt. C-313 Winooski, VT 05404

ISBN: 13-978-146e578312  Andy Red Enterprises; (2010)