By Phil Nordyke
On Sunday, September 17, 1944, the 82nd Airborne department jumped into heritage with the 1st Allied Airborne military in a bold sunlight parachute and glider-borne attack to trap key bridges initially of Operation industry backyard. Following weeks of heavy wrestle in Holland, the All americans (the identify of the department in global struggle I while Sgt. Alvin York used to be one in all its infantrymen) have been withdrawn from the frontlines for a hard-earned leisure, which used to be shortly interrupted through the conflict of the Bulge, the place they once more came across themselves within the thick of the motion, a place that remained customary to them for the remainder of the warfare. Following VE Day, the 82nd grew to become a part of the Allied forces occupying Berlin.
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Additional resources for All American, All the Way: A Combat History of the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II: From Market Garden to Berlin
Al Nemeth gave me much information and contacts for the 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion. I received invaluable help from Wesley Ko and Wayne Pierce with 325th Glider Infantry Association in providing exposure through the Tow Line newsletter and for written accounts that Mr. Pierce had gathered during the research for his fine book, Let’s Go! Ray Grossman and Tom Mattingly were of special help in providing contacts, accounts, and help with the 456th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion. T. Moffatt Burriss, Ed Dodd, Jim Megellas, and Ed Sims, all veterans of the 504th, were of great assistance.
It is estimated there are 4,000 of these SS troops; moreover, troops are also reported in St. Canisius College and the Marienboom Girls’ School. ”18 The report used SHAEF estimates of German troop and tank strength as of September 1 on the Western Front. The 42 identified German infantry divisions were thought by SHAEF to contain approximately 130,000 men. The strength of the panzer and panzer grenadier divisions was estimated at approximately 45,000 men in 13 divisions. Of particular concern to the G-3 plans and operations group was German armored strength.
S. airborne division to parachute into combat. Combat in Italy and the D-Day invasion of France followed. This part of the division’s service in World War II is told in a companion volume All American, All the Way: A Combat History of the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II: From Sicily to Normandy. ”1 Returning from Normandy, many of the officers and men found the cots and beds of their best buddies empty. Many had been wounded and some of them would return. Others, too severely wounded, would carry painful scars, limps, disfigurements, and paralysis with them as constant reminders of their sacrifice and service with the 82nd Airborne Division.
All American, All the Way: A Combat History of the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II: From Market Garden to Berlin by Phil Nordyke