By Phil Nordyke
On Sunday, September 17, 1944, the 82nd Airborne department jumped into historical past with the 1st Allied Airborne military in a bold sunlight parachute and glider-borne attack to catch key bridges in the beginning of Operation industry backyard. Following weeks of heavy strive against in Holland, the All american citizens (the identify of the department in global warfare I whilst Sgt. Alvin York used to be considered one of its squaddies) have been withdrawn from the frontlines for a genuinely-earned leisure, which used to be shortly interrupted through the conflict of the Bulge, the place they once more chanced on themselves within the thick of the motion, a place that remained favourite to them for the remainder of the conflict. Following VE Day, the 82nd turned a part of the Allied forces occupying Berlin.
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Additional info for All American, All the Way: A Combat History of the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II: From Market Garden to Berlin
Army’s premier combat division, the division was chosen to represent the United States in the occupation in Berlin. In January 1946 the All Americans were honored once again as the leading unit of the great victory parade up Fifth Avenue in New York City. This book concludes the World War II saga of the All Americans. The story of the paratroopers and glidermen of the famed 82nd Airborne Division in World War II started with the reactivation of the division in early 1942 and the development and training of the unit as America’s first division-size airborne unit, one of only four that were formed during the war.
As long as the ammunition held out, the airborne platoon had roughly two to three times the firepower of a straight infantry rifle platoon. “I soon met the men of the 1st Platoon and I noted this unit was different. Although I was only twenty-one, I was slightly older than most of the men and about the same age as the NCOs. Although I was one of the youngest officers in the regiment, the age spread was smaller. The captains were in their mid twenties; the battalion commanders in their early thirties; Bill Ekman, the regimental commander was about thirty-four; and General Gavin was thirty-six or thirty-seven.
Rick Erny graciously sent copies of World War II rosters of the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment. Bob Burns and Robert Slivatz provided the unit journal, contact information for veterans, and filled in the blanks regarding much of the action of the 80th Airborne Antiaircraft (Antitank) Battalion. Jan Bos, in the Netherlands, sent his history of the 376th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion. The book publishing process was new to me, after spending my entire career in the high tech industry. My literary agent, Ms.