By Phil Nordyke
On Sunday, September 17, 1944, the 82nd Airborne department jumped into background with the 1st Allied Airborne military in a bold sunlight parachute and glider-borne attack to catch key bridges first and foremost of Operation industry backyard. Following weeks of heavy wrestle in Holland, the All americans (the identify of the department in global battle I whilst Sgt. Alvin York used to be one in every of its infantrymen) have been withdrawn from the frontlines for a hard-earned leisure, which used to be shortly interrupted by way of the conflict of the Bulge, the place they once more discovered themselves within the thick of the motion, a place that remained usual to them for the remainder of the warfare. Following VE Day, the 82nd turned a part of the Allied forces occupying Berlin.
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Extra resources for All American, All the Way: A Combat History of the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II: From Market Garden to Berlin
A. Morgan, Research Historian, National D-Day Museum, and the curator of the Eisenhower Center World War II collection for the copies of oral histories and written accounts. The 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, was the source of a great deal of the primary source material for this book. Dr. John Duvall, Museums Chief, and Betty Rucker, Collections Manager, gave me total access to the Ridgway–Gavin Archives at the museum. I am deeply in their debt. I appreciate the photos, maps, and after-action reports obtained through the generous assistance of Joe Hays, Museum Director, at the Silent Wings Museum in Lubbock, Texas.
23 Captain Kappel and the other assembled company and battalion commanders were given the specifics of the 504th’s mission. “Bridges 7 and 8, across the Maas-Waal Canal, at Malden and Heumen, the highway bridge at Grave, and the division area west of the Maas-Waal Canal were assigned to the 504 Parachute Infantry. The 504 Parachute Infantry assigned Bridge 7 and 8 to the 1st Battalion; Bridge 11 at Grave to the 2nd Battalion. The 3rd Battalion was to clear all enemy movement on the Grave-Nijmegen highway and be prepared to assist the 1st and 2nd Battalions, or both.
30 The parachute supply officer with the division’s parachute maintenance company, Lieutenant Stanley H. Heath, was one of the hundreds of men in the division behind the scenes who made the parachute operations successful. “The airdrome was a beehive of activity with several thousand men preparing to jump into combat, many for the first time. Officers and men were fitted into their parachutes, assigned to planes, manifests checked to assure correctness of personnel and equipment prior to takeoff.