All American, All the Way: A Combat History of the 82nd by Phil Nordyke
By Phil Nordyke
On Sunday, September 17, 1944, the 82nd Airborne department jumped into heritage with the 1st Allied Airborne military in a bold sunlight parachute and glider-borne attack to catch key bridges at first of Operation industry backyard. Following weeks of heavy strive against in Holland, the All americans (the identify of the department in international battle I whilst Sgt. Alvin York used to be considered one of its infantrymen) have been withdrawn from the frontlines for a richly deserved leisure, which used to be shortly interrupted by way of the conflict of the Bulge, the place they once more came upon themselves within the thick of the motion, a place that remained established to them for the remainder of the struggle. Following VE Day, the 82nd grew to become a part of the Allied forces occupying Berlin.
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Extra info for All American, All the Way: A Combat History of the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II: From Market Garden to Berlin
Finally, on November 10, 1944, the division was relieved by Canadian forces for a hard-earned rest behind the lines in eastern France. Little did they imagine the cataclysm that awaited them little more than a month later in the Ardennes. On December 16, 1944, four German armies, including two panzer armies, exploded through the Ardennes, beginning the campaign that has gone down in history as the Battle of the Bulge. As one of the few divisions in reserve, the All Americans once again led the way, securing crucial positions on the northern shoulder of the Bulge.
14 The plan was part of a British operation hatched by British Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery, code-named Market Garden. General Lewis H. Brereton, commanding the First Allied Airborne Army, wanted to make the drop on September 14, less than four days away. But because of the disposition of troop carrier aircraft ferrying gasoline to Bradley’s forces, the date was delayed until Sunday, September 17, less than seven days away. The operation entailed dropping three airborne divisions behind German lines in southern Holland to seize bridges over canals and rivers and hold them until the British Second Army could drive north from the Dutch-Belgian border over the bridges and turn east into the plains of northern Germany, where it would seize the industrial center of Germany—the Ruhr valley.
The lock bridge on the Maas-Waal Canal at Heumen would be referred to as Bridge Number 7, the bridge at Malden would be Bridge Number 8, the bridge at Hatert was designated as Bridge Number 9, the Honinghutie rail and road bridges would be Bridge Number 10, and the Grave bridge would be Bridge Number 11. ” Section I dealt with security measures to be taken prior to the operation covering the planning, period after receipt of orders, movement to the departure fields, the time while sealed in at the departure field bases, the briefings and the period afterward, and at the departure fields.