101st Airborne: The Screaming Eagles in World War II

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In 1942, the 82nd Infantry Division at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, was split in two. One of the new divisions began intense preparations and training for a surprise landing on the Nazi-occupied European continent. The location was Normandy, France; the date was June 6, 1944; and the division was the 101st Airborne: the legendary "band of brothers."

This is the story of that divisions heroic performance on D-Day, and right up to the Allied victory in Europe. Filled with historic images, many never before published, it is also a tribute to the fallen men of the 101st--the artists and athletes, scientists and mathematicians, architects and builders whose sacrifice secured the future but left the human race much diminished. Theirs is an accomplishment well-known but rarely so dramatically depicted: Here is the 101st landing on Utah Beach, coming in by parachute, or glider, or from the sea. Stirring words and pictures capture the landing, linking the Utah and Omaha beachheads; the divisions breaking of the German drive to the coast; and their brilliant stand at Bastogne; a refusal to yield so famously summed up in the commanders reply to a German call for surrender: "Nuts."

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In 1942, the 82nd Infantry Division at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, split into two new divisions. One of them, the 101st Airborne Division, immediately began intense preparations and training for a surprise landing somewhere on Nazi-occupied Europe. Ultimately the chosen location became Normandy and the date: June 6, 1944, D-Day. The division went on to become legendary as the “band of brothers,” the famed Screaming Eagles of World War II.

 

The plan had been for the airborne soldiers to be pulled out of the line after the first few days to prepare for follow on missions. The paratroopers and glidermen proved so effective as shock troops, however, that they remained at the forefront of the vicious hedgerow-to-hedgerow combat that typified the fighting in Normandy for more than a month. Particularly noteworthy was the division’s capture and defense of Carentan. Ultimately the Screaming Eagles returned to England for rehabilitation in mid-July.

 

Next up for the 101st was Operation Market-Garden, the famed “bridge too far” campaign. The division jumped into Holland in a daring daylight aerial assault on September 17, 1944, north of Eindhoven. Following its initial success, Market-Garden bogged down with the Screaming Eagles remaining in the frontlines until the end of November, when the division was withdrawn to rest areas in France.

 

When the German surprise attack that became known as the Battle of the Bulge roared out of the Ardennes in mid-December, the 101st was one of only two divisions in strategic reserve for the allied forces. Sent to the key crossroads town of Bastogne in Belgium, the 101st was surrounded by the attacking Germans and cut off from friendly forces. If the American soldiers failed to hold the crossroads, the Wehrmacht would be able to rapidly advance their forces through Belgium and Holland to the key port of Antwerp, perhaps extending the war by years.

 

Historic images and dramatic text from acclaimed military historian Mark Bando fill 101st Airborne: The Screaming Eagles in World War II. It is a fitting tribute to the fallen men of the 101st. Never-before-published photographs and firsthand accounts capture their bold accomplishments during the war, including a brilliant stand at Bastogne where their ardent refusal to yield was famously summed up in their commander’s reply to a German call for surrender: “NUTS.”

 

From the Back Cover:

Told through firsthand accounts and numerous never-before-published photos, this is the complete illustrated story of the World War II’s Screaming Eagles.

 

· Normandy

· Hell’s Highway

· Bastogne

· Berchtesgaden

 

101st Airborne: The Screaming Eagles in World War II covers the division’s preparations for the D-Day landings, their pivotal battles in Operation Market-Garden and the Bulge, their heroic accomplishments throughout Nazi-occupied Europe, and finally, their entry into Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest and the end of the war.

 

101st Airborne

THE SCREAMING EAGLES
IN WORLD WAR II

 

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