The Battle of the Bridges: The 504 Parachute Infantry Regiment in Operation Market Garden

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Casemate #ad - Thus began a desperate fight for the Americans to seize it, no matter what the cost. This book draws on a plethora of previously unpublished sources to shed new light on the exploits of the “Devils in Baggy Pants” by Dutch author and historian Frank van Lunteren. However, within that operation were episodes of heroism that still remain unsung.

On september, floated down across the dutch countryside, the 504th parachute Infantry Regiment, 1944, in the midst of German forces, 82nd Airborne Division, 17, and proceeded to fight their way to vital bridges to enable the Allied offensive to go forward. The 101st airborne was behind them; the British 1st Airbourne was far advanced.

Operation market garden has been recorded as a complete Allied failure in World War II, an overreach that resulted in an entire airborne division being destroyed at its apex. A native of arnhem—the site of “the bridge too far”—the author draws on nearly 130 interviews he personally conducted with veterans of the 504th, plus Dutch civilians and British and German soldiers, who here tell their story for the first time.

The Battle of the Bridges: The 504 Parachute Infantry Regiment in Operation Market Garden #ad - On september 20 gavin turned his paratroopers into sailors and conducted a deadly daylight amphibious assault in small plywood and canvas craft across the Waal River to secure the north end of the highway bridge in Nijmegen. Their ferocity thence rolled up the German defenses, and by the end of day the bridge had fallen.

The germans would not give, however, and fought tenaciously in the town and fortified the bridge. German machine guns and mortars boiled the water on the crossing, but somehow a number of paratroopers made it to the far bank.

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Spearhead of the Fifth Army: The 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Italy, from the Winter Line to Anzio

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Casemate #ad - Upon the completion of the sicily and salerno campaigns in 1943, the paratroopers of Colonel Reuben Tucker’s 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment were among the first Allied troops to enter Naples. A ghost town at first sight, the residents soon expressed their joy at being liberated. A bombing raid during their beach landing was a forecast of eight weeks of bitter fighting.

Holding the right flank of the beachhead along the Mussolini Canal, the paratroopers earned their nickname “Devils in Baggy Pants” for their frontline incursions into enemy lines, as well as their stubborn defense of the Allied salient. In this work h company’s attachment to the british 5th Grenadier Guards—and the Victoria Cross action of Major William Sidney—are painted in comprehensive light for the first time.

Spearhead of the Fifth Army: The 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Italy, from the Winter Line to Anzio #ad - In world war ii following The Battle of the Bridges and Blocking Kampfgruppe Peiper. Also the story of Honorary Member of the 504th P. I. R. Italian veteran Antonio Taurelli, is included. Four weeks later the 504th—upon the special request of General Mark Clark—spearheaded Fifth Army’s drive through the notorious Volturno Valley—the Germans’ next stand.

January 1944 seemed to promise a period of rest, but the landing at Anzio meant deployment for the paratroopers again, this time by ship.

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The Filthy Thirteen: From the Dustbowl to Hitler's Eagle's Nest - The True Story of the 101st Airborne's Most Legendary Squad of Combat Paratroopers

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Casemate #ad - In its spearhead role, the 13 suffered heavy casualties, some men wounded and others blown to bits. Never ones to salute an officer, or take a bath, this squad became singular within the Screaming Eagles for its hard drinking, and savage fighting skill--and that was only in training. A brawling bunch of no-goodniks whose only saving grace was that they inflicted more damage on the Germans than on MPs, the English countryside and their own officers, the Filthy 13 remain a legend within the ranks of the 101st Airborne.

But within the ranks of the 101st, a sub-unit attained legendary status at the time, its reputation persisting among veterans over the decades. After parachuting behind enemy lines in the dark hours before D-Day, the Germans got a taste of the reckless courage of this unit - except now the men were fighting with Tommy guns and explosives, not just bare knuckles.

The Filthy Thirteen: From the Dustbowl to Hitler's Eagle's Nest - The True Story of the 101st Airborne's Most Legendary Squad of Combat Paratroopers #ad - Instead it describes a group of hardscrabble guys whom any respectable person would be loath to meet in a bar or dark alley. Mcniece made four combat jumps, was in the forefront of every fight in northern Europe, yet somehow never made the rank of PFC. Throughout the war, however, the heart and soul of the Filthy 13 remained a survivor named Jake McNiece, a half-breed Indian from Oklahoma - the toughest man in the squad and the one who formed its character.

War against Nazi Germany. Paratroopers with heads shaved into Mohawks, applying war paint to their faces. By the end of the war 30 men had passed through the squad.

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Blocking Kampfgruppe Peiper: The 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the Battle of the Bulge

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Casemate #ad - Regiment in one of the fiercest fought campaigns in the history of the U. S. In december 1944 an enormous German army group crashed through the thin American line in the Ardennes forest. Caught by surprise, the allies were initially only able to throw two divisions of paratroopers to buttress the collapse—the 82nd Airborne, which was rushed to the area of St.

In adverse weather conditions against the german 9th SS Panzer and 3rd Fallschirmjäger Divisions, the 504th lived up to it’s regimental motto--Strike and Hold. Vith, and the 101st, which was trucked to Bastogne. After their successful campaign in holland, Colonel Reuben Tucker’s elite 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment was resting and refitting in France when news came of the German breakthrough.

Blocking Kampfgruppe Peiper: The 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the Battle of the Bulge #ad - Vith. The 504th was committed to block the ss advance, and within 48 hours of their arrival Colonel Tucker’s paratroopers were attacking the SS-Panzergrenadiers of Peiper’s battlegroup, eventually forcing them to withdraw. More ferocious fighting ensued as follow-up German units forced a U. S. Moving quotations of letters to the next-of-kin provide insight into the impact of their deaths both on the battlefield and homefront.

In this work van lunteren provides a fascinating, close-in view of the 504th P. I.

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Blitzkrieg: From the Ground Up

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Casemate #ad - These doctrines focused on independent action, initiative, flexibility, decentralized decision-making and mobility. The false conclusions drawn became myths about the Blitzkrieg that have lingered for decades. It has been argued that german victories in the early part of the war rested less upon newly developed tanks and aircraft and more on German military traditions: rather than creating a new way of war based on new technology, the Germans fitted the new weapons into their existing ideas on warfare.

The author fits these narratives into a broader perspective to give the reader a better understanding of why the Germans were so successful in 1939–41. Allied decision-makers wanted to discover the secret to German success quickly, even though only partial, incomplete information was available to them.

Blitzkrieg: From the Ground Up #ad - Using accounts previously unpublished in english, military historian Niklas Zetterling explores how they operated, for example how a company commander led his tanks, how a crew worked together inside a tank, and the role of the repair services. The successes of the german Blitzkrieg in 1939–41 were as surprising as they were swift.

This book focuses on the experience of the enlisted men and junior officers in the Blitzkrieg operations in Poland, Norway, Western Europe and Russia. The conduct of german soldiers, particularly the lower-ranking men, on the battlefield was at the core of the concept and German victories rested upon the quality of the small combat units.

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The Battle of Okinawa: The Blood and the Bomb

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Lyons Press #ad - The Battle of Okinawa: The Blood and the Bomb #ad - A landmark text on the greatest land battle of the Pacific War.

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To War with the 4th

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Casemate #ad - It would be one of the first times that American troops would operate autonomously, aside from Anglo-Franco command. In world war ii on d-day they scrambled ashore across the sands of Utah beach and remained fighting in Europe until Hitler was dead and Germany had surrendered. They operated in the birthplace of the taliban along the Arghandab River Valley, west of Kandahar City, a place often ominously referred to as "The Heart of Darkness.

The 2nd battalion 12th Infantry Regiment saw heavy combat throughout. On 14 september 1918 the men of the “Ivy” Division stood up in their trenches and prepared to attack. They experienced a series of major engagements that would entail 33 consecutive days of vicious, close-quarters combat in the battle of Dak To in 1967.

For their actions in Indochina they would receive no less than 11 Medals of Honor. They fought in iraq to topple saddam hussein, at the height of Operation Enduring Freedom, and in May 2009, the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team deployed to Afghanistan for a 12-month combat mission. From the normandy campaign to the hell of the hürtgen Forest and the Battle of the Bulge, no other American division suffered more casualties in the European theater than the 4th, and no other division accomplished as much.

To War with the 4th #ad - . In vietnam they would execute precarious “search and destroy” missions in dense jungles against a determined and resourceful enemy. They would go over the top on uneven ground to be blown to pieces by German artillery and fall in their hundreds to the spitting of German machine guns, yet nevertheless win the day.

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Fighting Fox Company: The Battling Flank of the Band of Brothers

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Casemate #ad - However, to date little has been heard of fox Company of that same regiment—the men who fought alongside Easy Company through every step of the war in Europe, and who had their own stories to tell. Notably this book, over a decade in the making, came about for different reasons than the fame of the “Band of Brothers.

Bill brown, a wwii vet himself, had decided to research the fate of a childhood friend who had served in Fox Company. Easy company of the 506th parachute infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division has become one of the most famous small units in U. S. The work is also accompanied by rare photos and useful appendices, including rosters and lists of casualties, to give the full look at Fox Company which has long been overdue.

Fighting Fox Company: The Battling Flank of the Band of Brothers #ad - Along the way he met terry poyser, who was on a similar mission to research the combat death of a Fox Company man from his hometown. History. As always in combat, each man’s experience is different, and the nature of the German enemy is seen here in its equally various aspects. From ruthless ss fighters to meek Volkssturm to simply expert modern fighters, the Screaming Eagles encountered the full gamut of the Wehrmacht.

The result was a wealth of fascinating firsthand accounts of WWII combat as well as new perspectives on Dick Winters and others of the “Band, ” who had since become famous. Told primarily through the words of participants, Fighting Fox Company takes the reader through some of the most horrific close-in fighting of the war, beginning with the chaotic nocturnal paratrooper drop on D-Day.

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Check Six!: A Thunderbolt Pilot's War Across the Pacific

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Casemate #ad - Thunderbolts were at first curious to encounter the nimble, battle-hardened Japanese in aerial combat, but soon the American pilots gained skill of their own and their planes proved superior. Bombers on both sides could fall to fighters, but the fighters themselves were eyeball to eyeball, best man win.

The heavy U. S. There were no mission limits for a pilot in the Pacific during World War II; unlike in Europe, you flew until it was time to go home. Fighter pilots took the lead in our counteroffensive against the short-lived island Empire. This work increases the body of knowledge on the critical role of aviation in the Pacific War, as U.

Check Six!: A Thunderbolt Pilot's War Across the Pacific #ad - S. Check six! is an aviation chronicle that brings the reader into flight, then into the fight, throughout the Pacific War and back. So it was for james “jug” curran, all the way from New Guinea to the Philippines with the 348th Fighter Group, the first P-47 Thunderbolt outfit in the Pacific. This work, captures the combat experience of our aviators in the Pacific, from someone who was there, aided by pertinent excerpts from the official histories of units that “Jug” Curran flew with.

It is a tale of perseverance, as curran flew over 200 combat missions, and with the men of the 348th Fighter Group proved the Thunderbolt’s great capability as they battled their way against a stubborn and deadly foe. He got his wish to fly the p-47 in the pacific, in new Guinea, going into combat in August 1943, and later helping start the “Black Rams” fighter squadron.

After the attack on pearl harbor, Curran volunteered to try flying in the blue yonder, and trained as an Army fighter pilot.

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Mission Beyond Darkness

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Gordian Books #ad - Citino, navy timesMission Beyond Darkness by Lt. In civilian life he was a journalist and writer who was born into the influential Bryan family of newspaper publishers and industrialists. He passed away in 1993. Bryan iii records in fascinating detail one of the most remarkable missions that place during the war in the Pacific.

Rather relying on second-hand accounts byran explains this his work is completely authentic as it “is derived wholly from narratives by the survivors, from statements by officers and men of the Lexington’s company”. A story of tight going and tricky work that provided aerial miracles in a landing stampede of planes and pilots; the responsibilities of those aboard the carriers; the rescue work of destroyers and escort ships; foul ups and rogue ships; obstacles of dwindling fuel, misunderstood signals … Top among aviation books.

Mission Beyond Darkness #ad - Kirkus reviews“the thrilling story of the closing phase of the First Battle of the Philippines, in which Air Group 16 from the Lexington successfully attacked a number of fleeing Japanese battleships and carriers. Foreign AffairsLieutenant Commander J. Commander J. Mission beyond Darkness was first published in 1945.

They carried out a ‘mission beyond darkness. Robert M. When the pilots flew from the carriers of the Task Force 58 they knew they had little hope of returning to their ships.

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