The Sword of St. Michael: The 82nd Airborne Division in World War II

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Da Capo Press, Aug 30, 2011 - History - 784 pages
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The 82nd Airborne Division spent more time in combat than any other American airborne unit of World War II, and its fierce battlefield tenacity earned it the reputation of one of the finest divisions in the world. Yet no comprehensive history of the 82nd during World War II exists today. The Sword of St. Michaelcorrects this significant gap in the literature, offering a lively narrative and thoroughly researched history of the famous division.

Author Guy LoFaro, himself a distinguished officer of the division, interweaves the voices of soldiers at both ends of the chain of command, from Eisenhower to the lowest private. Making extensive use of primary sources, LoFaro offers a work of insightful analysis, situating the division's exploits in a strategic and operational context.

 

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THE SWORD OF ST. MICHAEL: The 82nd Airborne Division in World War II

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A comprehensive history of the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II, from an officer of that famed unit.Wartime Chief of Staff George Marshall viewed airborne troops, at the division level, as a ... Read full review

Contents

WELL NEED TWO DIVISIONS TO DO THAT
A SUNDAY DRIVE IN AN AIRPLANE
THE GERMANS WERE EVERYWHERE
THE FINEST DIVISION IN THE WORLD TODAY
EVEN THE GODS WERE WEEPING
YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE SURVIVORS
TO TURN THE TIDE
SINGING THE BLUES ABOUT THE RIGHT FLANK

A SELFADJUSTING FOULUP
A VERY RUGGED DELIVERY
TAKING OFF FOR THE GATES OF HELL
A FORCE UPON WHICH THE FIFTH ARMY COULD DEPEND
A TERRIBLE AND HANDSOME SIGHT
ALLES KAPUTT THE AMERICANS ARE KILLING EVERYBODY
YOU CROSSED THAT CAUSEWAY
CANT ANYTHING STOP THOSE MEN?
A LASTING AND FIRM FAITH IN THE AIRBORNE
MAKING MONKEYS OUT OF THE GERMANS
ANOTHER NASTY
PRESENT AT THE
EPILOGUE
NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
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About the author (2011)

Guy LoFaro is an 82nd Airborne Division combat veteran and former West Point history professor. He lives in Atlanta.

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