All American, All the Way: The Combat History of the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II

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Zenith Press, 2005 - History - 868 pages
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The 82nd Airborne Division - known as the "All-Americans" - parachuted into history as America’s first airborne division to see combat. Always at the forefront of some of the heaviest fighting in WWII, the 82nd helped spearhead the Allied drive to victory. This book is the first to tell the full combat history of these gallant All-Americans -- from their first perilous night drop into Sicily to their acclaimed victory parade up New York's 5th Avenue in 1946. Currently, the 82nd remains the only active American parachute division. The 82nd Airborne Division — dubbed the All-Americans during WWI, when Sgt. Alvin York was among its soldiers — parachuted into history on July, 9, 1943, as the opening salvo in Operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily. This book, the first to tell the full story of the 82nd — America’s first airborne division to see combat, and the only American parachute division still active today — follows these all-Americans from their first perilous drop to their victory parade up 5th Avenue in January 1946. From the shore of Sicily to the beaches of Normandy, from the Rhine to the Elbe to the German surrender and the U.S. occupation of Berlin, this is military history at its best, often told in the words of the soldiers themselves. It is a fitting — and long overdue — tribute to the valorous service of one of America’s most celebrated fighting divisions.
 

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Contents

Fierce Individualists
1
Ready
23
Destroy Him Wherever Found
46
We Had a Long Way to Go Yet and Some of the Men Would Accompany Us No More
73
Retreat HellSend Me My 3rd Battalion
97
Wait Until a Triumphant Entry Is Organized
130
Devils in Baggy Pants
156
You Are About to Embark Upon the Great Crusade
180
Attack on Nijmegen Bridges 19 September 1944
492
A Day Unprecedented in the Divisions Combat History
507
Have Never Seen a More Gallant Action
525
The Finest Division in the World Today
543
Attack on Nijmegen Bridges 20 September 1944
544
1921 September 1944 D+2 thru D+4
560
Im Sure Glad You Bastards Are Here
562
2428 September 1944 D+7 thru D+10
573

Almighty God Our Sons Pride of Our Nation This Day Have Set Upon a Mighty Endeavor
200
Wherever You Land Make Your Way to Ste MereEglise and Together We Will Raise This Flag
222
This Was One of the Toughest Days of My Life
246
Merderet River 6 June 1944
250
I Think Its Time to Get Our War Started
266
I Dont Know of a Better Place Than This to Die
286
Colonel Arent You Glad Waverlys on Our Side
303
German AttackSte Mere Eglise 7 June 1944
306
Van Dont Kill Them All Save a Few for Interrogation
324
st Battalion 325th Glider Infantry Attack 9 June 1944
335
Follow Me
343
The La Fiere Causeway Attack 9 June 1944
360
My God Matt Cant Anything Stop These Men?
369
82nd Airborne Actions North of the Douve 1318 June 1944
381
Resourceful and Courageous in the Attack Resolute in the Defense They Fought Superbly
390
Put Us Down in Holland or Put Us Down in Hell but Put Us Down All in One Place or I Will Hound You to Your Graves
408
Zones of Operation
416
This Migh ty Spectacle Deeply Impressed Me
427
Situation Well in Hand
445
Weve Come a Long
466
1718 September 1944 DDay thru D+1
467
The Nijmegen Bridge Must Be Taken Today At the Latest
488
Lets Get the Sons of Bitches
586
Movement of 82nd to Werbomont
592
Cheneux
606
Im the 82nd Airborne and This Is as Far as the Bastards
609
82nd AirborneBelgium 2124 December
621
Sort Out the Battlefield and Tidy Up the Lines
633
82nd AirborneBelgium 2431 December
654
Well Colonel the Old Guys Got It Today
656
The Action of 14 January 1945
673
Sir Theyre All Dead
679
82nd AirborneBelgium 510 January 1945
686
Surrender Hell
698
The Closest to Hell One Could Get Without
716
Attack on the Siegfried Line 13 February 1945
717
82nd Airborne Hiirtgen Forest Attacks 716 February
732
Refugees from the Law of Averages
736
The 505th Parachute Infantry Crosses the Elbe River
748
You Wonder What Happens to a Magnificent
757
Notes
777
Bibliography
835
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Phil Nordyke was elected official historian of the 505th Regimental Combat Team (RCT) at the association's annual reunion, held in Colorado Springs in 2003. He is the author of All American, All the Way: The Combat History of the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II and The All Americans in World War II: A Photographic History of the 82nd Airborne Division at War. He lives in McKinney , Texas , with his wife Nancy.

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