Whatever It Took: An American Paratrooper's Extraordinary Memoir of Escape, Survival, and Heroism in the Last Days of World War II

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WHATEVER IT TOOK is a one of a kind memoir of one paratrooper's drop on D-Day and his couragous struggle to survive. After landing in Sainte-Mère-Église under heavy anti-aircraft fire, his unit suffered numerous casualties, but kept the advancing German tanks at bay. However, he was taken prisoner on June 29, spending a week at the edge of one of the Nazi's death camps, and then in a prisoner of war camp, where he and other POWs were being worked to death. Eventually Langrehr and a friend made a bold escape attempt which resulted in the friend being shot by a German soldier, but ultimately with Langrehr finding an American unit and securing his freedom. A truly, truly remarkable tale of perseverance in spite of all odds.


THIS COPY (shown below) was signed on the end page by Henry Langrehr at his home. It is a new, unread first edition opened only for signing. Published in May, 2020 by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins.


HENRY LANGREHR (pictured below from our Wall of Fame) served in Europe in World War II with the 82nd Airborne Division. He is the recipient of two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, and the French Legion of Honor. After the war, he founded a successful construction company, building schools and other civic structures. He lives in Iowa with his wife, Arlene. Thank you Henry Langrehr for your service and thank you for signing our books.

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