Vanguard of the Crusade: The 101st Airborne Division in World War II

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Mark Bando has dedicated this work to this famous American airborne division engaged in the Normandy and Ardennes battles. He relays in dramatic detail the histories recounted by hundreds of veterans, making this work a necessary addition to the enthusiast’s library. Mark Bando is the well-known author of three previous books about the 101st Airborne Division in WWII and of Breakout at Normandy: The 2nd Armored Division in the Land of the Dead. Expanding on his previous works, Vanguard of the Crusade is comprehensive, addressing the entire WWII record of the 101st. The author was born and raised on the west side of Detroit, MI, attended Cass Technical High School and later Wayne State University, as a history major. He served 25 years as a uniformed Detroit Police patrol officer, working in five different precincts and spending six years in the citywide Tactical Section, during which he heard many shots fired in anger. Bando began interviewing WWII veterans of the 101st in 1968 and has continued to the present, with a running total of over 1,025 interviews. This lifelong pursuit grew out of a recognition of the superior battlefield performance of the WWII 101st and their resulting legendary historical status. His quest has been not only the record their exceptional experiences for posterity, but also to study the combat paratroopers to discover the reasons for their great successes in battle. Uniquely, Bando has focused almost exclusively on the 101st for four decades, providing his books an abundance of rich, untold stories and a depth of detail which other researchers simply cannot match.

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Author and historian Mark Bando specializes in the history of the 101st Airborne and the 2nd Armored Division. He has published four previous books with MBI Publishing Company/Zenith Press, including 101st Airborne: The Screaming Eagles at Normandy, The 101st Airborne at Normandy, The 101st Airborne: From Holland to Hitler\u2019s Eagle\u2019s Nest, and Breakout at Normandy: The 2nd Armored Division in the Land of the Dead. He is retired from the police department in Detroit, Michigan, where he resides.

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"A great book...[the author] vividly recounts the veterans' stories." -- 39/45 Magazine (France)

"Like reading the best parts of 100 veterans’ war stories while paging through their scrapbooks. What could be more absorbing?" -- World War II Magazine, January 2004

"This enthralling saga...accented by hundreds of mesmerizing photos, showcases the wartime accomplishments of the Screaming Eagles." -- World War II History Magazine, November 2005

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