Stand in the Door!: The Wartime History of the 509th Parachute Infantry

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Phillips Publications, 1988 - World War, 1939-1945 - 428 pages
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"Stand in the door is the official wartime history of the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion. A paratrooper is a unique soldier in the armies of the world. Tough, proud, independent, cocky, a superb fighter-- all of these mark the person who wears the parachute badge. Of all the paratroopers in the American military, none hold the record for as many firsts as those men who wore the "gingerbread man" patch and the silver badge of the 3d Zouaves on their jackets. From America's first combat parachute missions in North Africa, through Italy, the suicide jump behind enemy lines at Avellino, through the mountains of Italy, into Southern France, ending at the Bulge with only one hundred men. Stand up! Hook up! You are about to meet one of the greatest elite units in the history of American warfare"--Jacket.

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