101st Airborne: The Screaming Eagles at Normandy

101st Airborne: The Screaming Eagles at Normandy

Mark Bando

Language: English

Pages: 156

ISBN: 0760308551

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This unprecedented look at the 101st Airborne contains photographs so rare, you won't believe your eyes! Mark Bando made an incredible find when he unearthed 50 color images of the Screaming Eagles taken at Normandy. These photographs, together with firsthand accounts and day-to-day, minute-by-minute history of the 101st Airborne, tell the story of this elite fighting group. These extremely rare images, together with more than 200 previously unpublished archival photographs from the author's own collection, provide a dynamic look at these daring World War II paratroopers.

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the “Forty Thieves” (1st Platoon H/506) under Lt. Ivan Mehoskey were given different orders that also proved to be unfortunate miscalculations. These troopers were ordered to put their main weapon, along with ammo, grenades, and other equipment in a parachute “kit bag” with zippers and handles of web material. A jump rope was used to wrap through both handles, then tied to the D-loop on the right front of the T-5 parachute harness. Each trooper would exit with the filled kit bag in his arms and

troops with disdain, and many fights erupted from the inevitable resentment. Glider-borne personnel were required to wear old-fashioned ankle gaiters with their low shoes, while paratroopers received tall jump boots with capped toes and high ankles, taking twelve eyelets to lace them up. The jumpers were also held to more rigorous physical training involving thousands of push-ups, long-distance runs, and speed hikes covering extreme distances in incredibly short times. So, on another level, the

the crow flies when they died. One of the German weapons that fired persistently into 3/502 positions on the 18th was a 20mm gun situated quite a distance to the north. Chester Elliott of I/502 left his machine gun long enough to borrow a trooper’s .03 rifle from the adjacent foxhole. Running the sights up to seven hundred yards, Elliot was able to drop one of the 20mm gunners, whose body draped over the top of the weapon. After hitting a second crewman, the gun stopped firing for the rest of

Frank Sheehan, Milton Reese, and Benji Silverstein. F. Sheehan A German-made dugout near the railroad embankment provided shelter for Capt. Pangerl of IPW Team 1, 502nd PIR, on the way to Bourcy, Belgium, in mid-January 1945. Joseph Pangerl Two slightly different historic views were taken of the bullet-riddled sign held by members of the elite regimental S-2 section of the 501st PIR. The soldiers are, standing, left to right: Waldo Brown, James Ganter, Belgian civilian, Roland J. Wilbur,

few omissions, the names of almost every Normandy participant can be found in his rosters as well as in the divisional G.O. index (available at the National Archives II, College Park, Maryland). The assault-type gas mask was also new at the time of D-Day, replacing the previous type of gas mask that had a long hose connecting the face mask to a sizeable filter carried in a pouch on the user’s side. This new mask had a smaller filter attached to the left cheek of the mask itself, providing size

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