Photographer, Paratrooper, POW: A Wyoming Cowboy in Hitler's Germany by Maureen CarrollPhotographer, Paratrooper, POW: A Wyoming Cowboy in Hitler's Germany by Maureen Carroll

Photographer, Paratrooper, POW: A Wyoming Cowboy in Hitler's Germany

byMaureen Carroll

Hardcover | December 26, 2015

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Photographer, Paratrooper, POW: A Wyoming Cowboy in Hitler's Germany tells the story of three brothers who leave their Wyoming home to fight in World War II. Carroll started with extensive, detailed family histories assembled by Merle Harris and other genealogists, and added the voluminous collection of military records, memorabilia, photographs, war-time correspondence, and personal notes saved by Harold Carroll, who, as the title suggests, was one of America's first paratroopers, a combat photographer, and a prisoner of war who escaped repeatedly from the Nazis.

The author supplements these extensive primary-source materials with meticulous research of other published and unpublished works, all fully documented and cited for the benefit of further research.

Carroll begins by reciting the story of the discovery, in 2004, of a treasure-trove of photographs Harold took and submitted for development, in England, just before D-Day. Before he had the chance to collect the prints, he parachuted into Normandy as part of the preliminary force, hours before the "official" start of the Allied invasion of Nazi Europe now well-known as "D-Day, H-Hour."

Harold was captured and taken prisoner by the Nazis and spent the remainder of the war repeatedly escaping from their POW camps, keeping notes of the adventures along the way, as he could - sometimes only in scratches upon his Zippo lighter. After the war, Harold put those notes together with accurate maps - unavailable while on the run from the Nazis! - to trace his various paths, with results differing from other, previously-published accounts. (Harold was certain that his version, first published here, was the more accurate version.) Yes, we get a picture of the trusty Zippo.

Carroll takes the reader back to the brothers' ancestral home in Ireland, painting a vivid chronical of classic American pioneers. The appendices document events at least as far back as 1798 but the main body of the text is limited to "seven generations" - from about 1860 - with the primary focus on the period from about 1931 through the end of WWII in 1945. Even with this limitation, the result is a sweeping saga of American history.

This 441-page book: Includes the tale of the massive Scots-Irish emigration from Ireland to Scotland, back to Ireland, thence to America. Describes family connections with Davey Crockett in Kentucky. Explores the contrast between the rampant American racial prejudice against Irish immigrants, on the one hand, and, on the other, the reality of Irish slave-owners in Georgia, before, during, and after the Civil War. Demonstrates the vivid truth, in this specific family, behind the story in Larry McMurty's Lonesome Dove - true cowboys of the American West, one set of Carrolls raised cattle in south Texas, rounded them up, and drove them 1500 miles north to Wyoming, stopping the migration to settle in Sheridan.

In 1914 Sheridan, two separate, unrelated Carroll clans - both Irish, but very different in history, experience, and politics - converged in marriage. Carroll and Carroll begot three lively boys. Each of the stories is a fascinating tale in its own right. To weave them together into one unified narrative, the author has inserted her own stories of what might have happened, always scrupulously faithful to the documented facts, but clearly set apart from the factual recitations. The result is an engaging tale, one that hold the reader's attention from beginning through end. Three boys went off to war; only two returned. Two brothers fought the Nazis in Europe; the other fought the Japanese from a submarine under the waters of the South Pacific. These are their stories.

Title:Photographer, Paratrooper, POW: A Wyoming Cowboy in Hitler's GermanyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:446 pages, 10 × 7 × 1 inPublished:December 26, 2015Publisher:Anamcara Press LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1941237037

ISBN - 13:9781941237038

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Table of Contents

Foreword Preface Acknowledgments Chapter 1: The Forgotten Photo Album Chapter 2: Flatlanders Spring 1931 Chapter 3: Western Romeo & Juliet Summer 1931 Chapter 4: Reprobates & Malcontents Fall 1931 Chapter 5: The Incursion Of The Clans Chapter 6: Tea-Time On The Frontier Chapter 7: The Republic Of Texas Spring 1932 Chapter 8: Regulators, Moderators, Outlawsand Other Heroes Summer 1932 Chapter 9: Antebellum Cowboy Spring 1933 Chapter 10: The Gonzales Invincibles Company Summer 1934 Chapter 11: Mavericks Summer 1935 Chapter 12: Trailblazers Summer 1936 Chapter 13: Code Of The Cow Country Fall 1936 Chapter 14: Just Married Winter 1936 Chapter 15: Emigrants & UprisingsSummer 1937 Chapter 16: Miners, Railroaders, & Ancient Hybernians Winter 1938 Chapter 17: Little Bighorn Medicine Wheel vi | CONTENTSChapter 18: Cattlemen, Grangers, And Range Wars Fall 1939 Chapter 19: Winds Of Change Chapter 20: A Born Paratrooper Fall 1940 Chapter 21: "90 Day Wonders" Summer 1941 Chapter 22: Photo Lab Non-Com Winter 1941 Chapter 23: Skymen & Submarine Warriors Summer 1942 217Chapter 24: Love And War 221Fall 1943 237Chapter 25: Photographs, Faux Pas,and Fond Regards March 1944 Chapter 26: Tent City April 1944 Chapter 27: Booze And Brawls Chapter 28: Pig And Whistle May 1944 Chapter 29: The Last Photo Op Chapter 30: Signals In The Dark Chapter 31: Screaming Eagles 8 June 1944 Chapter 32: If At First You Don't Succeed,Escape, Escape Again... 13 June 1944 Chapter 33: Starvation Hill July 1944 Chapter 34: Trauma Of Capture Later In July 1944 Chapter 35: The Escape Bug August 1944 Chapter 36: Oflag 64 October 1944 Chapter 37: No Escape Chapter 38: Letter From Home January 1945, New York City Chapter 39: The Fifth And Final Escape, Sort Of January 1945, Poland Chapter 40: Rembertow Chapter 40: Escape From Odessa Chapter 40: Homecoming Spring 1945 Chapter 40: Zippos And Hosiery Sometime After The War Chapter 40: Missing In Action Spring 2014 Appendix A The Tale of Abraham's Ghost Appendix B The Jacob Carroll Migration Appendix C The History of Rowan County, NC Appendix D Peter Carroll Appendix E George G. Carroll Appendix F Coffin Family Papers 1864-1977 Appendix G Standard Operating Procedure for the Jump Appendix H Descendancy Chart Peter Carroll & GG Carroll Appendix I Geroge W. Carroll Family Tree Appendix J George Granville Carroll Family Tree Appendix K Peter Carroll Family Tree Appendix L John M. Kirby Family Tree Notes Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

"This book relates a compelling story, skillfully written. It is a must read for those who love history and especially those fascinated by World War II history." Marsha Henry Goff, author of A Crazy Plan: Darby's Rangers' Heroic Last Stand at Cisterna