101st Airborne: The Screaming Eagles at Normandy

By Mark Bando

This unheard of examine the one hundred and first Airborne comprises images so infrequent, you will not think your eyes! Mark Bando made an enormous locate whilst he unearthed 50 colour pictures of the Screaming Eagles taken at Normandy. those pictures, including firsthand money owed and daily, minute-by-minute historical past of the one hundred and first Airborne, inform the tale of this elite combating staff. those super infrequent photos, including greater than two hundred formerly unpublished archival pictures from the author's personal assortment, offer a dynamic examine those bold global conflict II paratroopers.

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I requested hearth regulate to drop our variety fifty yards. They initially refused, since you can't holiday a 100 backyard increment. I advised them that we might be overrun with super casualties. We acquired what we wanted and the final salvos broke the assault, thank God. yet there has been a cost for my fifty backyard, additional shut artillery fireplace. a few of our males have been additionally wounded, and that i made the rounds to ask for forgiveness. however the GIs guaranteed me that it was once a small expense in comparison to what the wear and tear might were if I had now not pulled an artillery no-no. even if our artillery had damaged up the assault, there have been nonetheless enemy milling approximately dazed, and that i reached for my scoped M1 rifle and shot up a slew [more than twenty] of those survivors. For the activities of myself and my radio operator, Captain Miller positioned us in for the Bronze celebrity Medal and in addition a advertising to first lieutenant for me. At a one hundred and first Airborne reunion in NYC [1947] Captain Miller observed me as I handed his desk of visitors and referred to as me over. He brought me to his acquaintances because the FO who kept his corporation from convinced loss of life. Very flattering certainly, after the [war] was once long-since over. I by no means forgot him. How might you put out of your mind men like him and his males? Richard Brinkley visited Barney Becker in San Diego, California, after the warfare and stumbled on that Barney may nonetheless force a vehicle and shoot a rifle on the diversity, although his left arm was once lame and he needed to stroll with a cane. not able to simply accept dwelling with a incapacity, Barney could take his personal existence approximately ten years later. round October 7, parts of the 327th GIR took over the 506th line east of Opheusden. the recent line used to be significantly east of the 506th’s former place, which triggered preliminary objection from 506th commander Colonel Sink. while he was once persuaded that containing the Germans to the west used to be the most attention and that the suitable place of the traces used to be immaterial, Sink relented in relinquishing actual property formerly held by way of his regiment—at a excessive expense. activities FARTHER EAST at the ISLAND As 1st and third battalions of the 506th battled in and close to Opheusden, 2d Battalion held positions alongside the Neder Rhine close to the village of Randwijk. the following, a discounted battalion of Waffen SS troops was once burnt up in a super motion staged by means of corporation E of the 506th, less than the command of Captain R. D. Winters. East of 2/506, 2/501 held the dike from simply east of the ferry crossing highway (northeast of Randwijk), to and together with the village of Heteren. The third Battalion of the 501st held the road east towards Driel, whereas 1/501 held the remainder of the road to the railroad bridge at Coffin nook. Coffin nook was once shaped the place the dike highway met the railroad bridge, which crossed the Neder Rhine under Oosterbeek, Holland. (Oosterbeek is a suburb west of Arnhem. ) The MLR during this quarter used to be dug in alongside the shoulder of the dike street, at the landward aspect of the most dike, dealing with the Neder Rhine River. One night, a German armored and infantry assault was once halted through C/501 close to Coffin nook. On one other day, while businesses A and C traded positions, extra pleasant troops have been misplaced, together with William C.

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