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“A remarkable account of all the 82nd units passing through Northern Ireland with more interesting, detailed personal stories than any other source on that period. An accurate, amazing contribution to the WWII history of the All Americans."
Lieutenant General John Norton (retired), G-3, 82nd Airborne Division WWII
“Passing Through hits the American Paratrooper right on the money. Following a few individuals through the whole process of leaving home, training, moving long distances, getting acquainted with different cultures and fighting a war, it brings home the upheaval of war on the individual and his family. It also covers thoroughly the very real and very long lasting brotherhood that develops amongst a group facing danger together; a difficult concept for those to understand who have not been faced with the same situations. The people are real, the situations in which they are placed are real, and their reactions are real. A very good read!”
Colonel Paul Donnelly (retired), Communications Officer and Battery Commander of Headquarters & Headquarters and Service Battery, 376th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, WWII
“Reading Passing Through not only brought back memories of my time serving in the 82nd Airborne Division; it also reignited most pleasant memories of my stay in Northern Ireland. This is a book that will be enjoyed by veterans who where stationed in Northern Ireland, as well as troopers who served elsewhere. Mr McCann’s way of retelling the stories of others is so well done that it makes readers feel that they too are included in the relationship. His words reveal a personal admiration for the units stationed in Portrush and Portstewart. I know that not only myself, but also others who read this book will gain information and an appreciation of the wonderful relationship the 82nd Airborne Division shared with the citizens of Northern Ireland. Mr McCann has put into words feeling that I have had in my heart for the time I was stationed in Portrush.”
Lieutenant Colonel Gordon K. Smith (retired), Regimental Supply Officer, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, WWII
“I highly recommend this book. It is a well written and accurate account of the 82nd Airborne Division passing through Northern Ireland.”
Colonel Robert M. Piper (retired), Regimental Adjutant, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, WWII
“A most enjoyable portrayal of these pleasant times. Each chapter is done in an excellent manner – both easy to read and enjoyable. I do not hesitate to recommend Passing Through to the aficionados of WW II history. There is no better book about the 82nd’s journey to Northern Ireland.”
Robert M. Murphy, Pathfinder, 505th Regimental Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, WWII. Author of No Better Place to Die.
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