From the Inside Flap
For many months, the men of the 101st Airborne Division prepared for the great Allied landings in France. From their first day of training, the volunteers for this hazardous duty were subjected to severe physical and mental tests. Those who were unable to adapt were promptly eliminated from parachute units. By the time the Screaming Eagles landed in Normandy, they were tough and disciplined, their morale high. The soldiers of the 101st Airborne were imbued with the will to win, regardless of any obstacles they might confront. These young men didn’t represent any particular section of the Unites States; they came from all states of the union and all walks of life. The farmer, the artisan, the laborer, the doctor, the priest, the professor, all were found among their ranks. They were unrelenting in their determination to bring complete defeat to the enemy but generous in their feelings for the friendly people whose homeland was occupied by Nazi troops. The 101st Airborne troopers of World War II had a high degree of esprit de corps
. They wore their distinctive uniforms and insignia with pride and confidence. Trained to go for long periods with little food or sleep, they were especially fitted to carry out difficult missions. Descending from the skies by parachute and glider, they exemplified the spirit and daring of American youth. With their comrades in the U.S. Air Force, they were ready and eager to take the fighting to the enemy. 101st Airborne: The Screaming Eagles at Normandy
celebrates their accomplishments from their point of view and with hundreds of rare photographs.
From the Back Cover
The assignment was so hazardous, soldiers of the elite 101st Airborne could not be forced to go, they had to volunteer. The mission entailed nighttime parachuting into the midst of Nazi-occupied France some five hours before the first waves of Allied troops hit the beaches at Normandy. Their objective was to open the way for the Utah Beach landings. With almost insane heroics, these fearless warriors waged a win-or-die struggle to pave the way for the greatest invasion in history. 101st Airborne: The Screaming Eagles at Normandy
stands as a lasting tribute to these American folk heroes. Noted World War II historian Mark Bando shares decades of research, the result of nearly a thousand interviews with 101st members and numerous trips to Normandy. From hundreds of rare, unpublished photographs and countless untold stories, he has recreated the paratroopers’ perspective of events that took place on D-Day. 101st Airborne: The Screaming Eagles at Normandy
is a must for anyone interested in the untold story of what happened behind the lines on D-Day.
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