The All Americans in World War II: A Photographic History of the 82nd Airborne Division at War

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On the night of 9/10 July 1943 the All Americans of the 82nd Airborne Division jumped into history as they made their first parachute assault of World War II. Three others would follow: Salerno, Normandy, and Holland. In total the division served more than three hundred days in combat, a record unmatched by any other American division. With nearly 400 historic photographs, many never before published, The All Americans in World War II provides a complete photographic history of the 82nd Airborne Division as it fought it way across Sicily, Italy, France, Belgium, and Germany, ultimately all the way to Berlin as part of the American occupation forces. This book is an essential addition to any serious World War II collection and a tribute to the fighting spirit of this legendary division.

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"I'm the 82nd Airborne"

A tank destroyer retreating from St. Vith during the Battle of the Bulge came upon a lone soldier digging a foxhole near the road. The commander stopped the vehicle and asked if this was the frontline.

Private First Class Vernon L. Haught, Company F, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, looked up and said, "Are you looking for a safe place?" When the tank destroyer commander responded affirmatively, Haught replied, "Well, buddy, just pull your vehicle behind me. I’m the 82nd Airborne, and this is as far as the bastards are going."

This fierce, valorous spirit characterized the troopers of the 82nd throughout World War II.  In the night sky over Sicily on July 9–10, 1943, the All Americans of the 82nd Airborne Division made their first airborne assault.  Three others would follow: Salerno, Normandy, and Holland. In total the division would serve more than three hundred days in combat, a record unmatched by any other American airborne division.

With 365 historic images and 30 detailed maps, The All Americans in World War II provides a complete photographic history of the 82nd Airborne Division as it fought its way across Sicily, Italy, France, Belgium, and Germany, ultimately serving occupation duty in Berlin, before returning to the United States and leading the great New York Victory Parade up Fifth Avenue on January 12, 1946.

About the Author:

Phil Nordyke's first book, All American All the Way: The Combat History of the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II, was published in May 2005 by Zenith Press to wide critical and popular acclaim. He is considered the historian of the division, and the book was also an editor's choice of the Military Book Club. Mr. Nordyke lives in McKinney, Texas.

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