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101st Airborne: The Screaming Eagles in World War II Hardcover – September 15, 2007

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Editorial Reviews


Military Heritage, February 2008

“This is author Mark Bando’s fourth contribution to memorializing the service of the 101st Airborne Division and its tremendous combat record in World War II. The coffee table-size book is full of photographs that depict the division’s distinguished service from D-Day until war’s end the following May.

“[Bando] does a nice job of illuminating the official history of the unit with vignettes from the soldiers themselves. These personal stories add a touch of realism and bring the action to life for the reader, who comes away with a much better understanding of what the men endured. The author has paid a lasting tribute to the ‘epic warriors’ of the 101st Airborne who, like so many others, were the ‘vanguard of freedom’ for the United States during World War II.”


“Military historian Mark Bando wrote the text to this coffee-table-style book that is filled with photographs. The most moving were taken aboard an airplane en route to Normandy and on the ground during the Normandy invasion. More than anything, the black and white photos – of men chest-deep in snow, of men in battle on Christmas Day, of men deep in trenches – starkly show the tremendous hardships of war.”

Tampa Tribune, November 2007

Airborne Quarterly Magazine, Winter 2007

“There have been many books about the 101st, but this one is truly unique. Cocktail table-sized, it is equally big in content. All the more so since many of the numerous photos are, at least for this reviewer, first time viewings and collectively, tell a pictorial story well accompanied by text … It is rare for this reviewer to come across a book that truly tells it like it was and the photographic support to give life to the text. But that’s what this book does … I recommend it for those who share my interest in our airborne history. In reviewing this book my horizons were expanded! So too will be yours!”

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In 1942, the 82nd Infantry Division at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, split into two new divisions. One of them, the 101st Airborne Division, immediately began intense preparations and training for a surprise landing somewhere on Nazi-occupied Europe. Ultimately the chosen location became Normandy and the date: June 6, 1944, D-Day. The division went on to become legendary as the “band of brothers,” the famed Screaming Eagles of World War II.


The plan had been for the airborne soldiers to be pulled out of the line after the first few days to prepare for follow on missions. The paratroopers and glidermen proved so effective as shock troops, however, that they remained at the forefront of the vicious hedgerow-to-hedgerow combat that typified the fighting in Normandy for more than a month. Particularly noteworthy was the division’s capture and defense of Carentan. Ultimately the Screaming Eagles returned to England for rehabilitation in mid-July.


Next up for the 101st was Operation Market-Garden, the famed “bridge too far” campaign. The division jumped into Holland in a daring daylight aerial assault on September 17, 1944, north of Eindhoven. Following its initial success, Market-Garden bogged down with the Screaming Eagles remaining in the frontlines until the end of November, when the division was withdrawn to rest areas in France.


When the German surprise attack that became known as the Battle of the Bulge roared out of the Ardennes in mid-December, the 101st was one of only two divisions in strategic reserve for the allied forces. Sent to the key crossroads town of Bastogne in Belgium, the 101st was surrounded by the attacking Germans and cut off from friendly forces. If the American soldiers failed to hold the crossroads, the Wehrmacht would be able to rapidly advance their forces through Belgium and Holland to the key port of Antwerp, perhaps extending the war by years.


Historic images and dramatic text from acclaimed military historian Mark Bando fill 101st Airborne: The Screaming Eagles in World War II. It is a fitting tribute to the fallen men of the 101st. Never-before-published photographs and firsthand accounts capture their bold accomplishments during the war, including a brilliant stand at Bastogne where their ardent refusal to yield was famously summed up in their commander’s reply to a German call for surrender: “NUTS.”



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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Zenith Press; 1st edition (September 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760329842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760329849
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By W. Wienke on September 20, 2007
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This is not my favorite Mark Bando book, but I guess I'm a bit spoiled in that it's the fifth Mark Bando authored book I own, and two of them are long out of print.

That said, 101st Airborne, The Screaming Eagles in World War II is an excellent addition to the history of the 101st Airborne.

The chronological narrative, from inception and training, through Berchtesgaden and the end of World War II, is classic Bando; chock full of anecdotes, historical tid-bits, and many previously unpublished photos.

While there are many troopers who have written first-person accounts, and many individuals who have interviewed 101st Airborne troopers and written books featuring those interviews, no one has known and interviewed more troopers than Bando.

The flavor and feeling Bando pulls from those interviews sets his work well apart from other books about the 101st Airborne. No matter how much you think you know about the 101st Airborne, there will undoubtedly be parts of this book that have you saying to yourself, "wow, I didn't know that!".

And that is part of the great joy of any Mark Bando book; the fresh perspective on a subject that many would claim has already been dealt with overwhelmingly.

All of Mark Bando's books on the 101st Airborne are treasures. Whether you're a long-time fan of the 101st Airborne, or someone who's picking up a book on the Screaming Eagles for the first time, this volume certainly warrants a spot in your book collection.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rodney Roycroft on November 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Mark Bando, a name synonymous with the history of the 101st Airborne Division in World War II, has delivered his finest work to date. Having just completed this masterpiece, 101st Airborne - The Screaming Eagles In World War II, I must admit that I was disappointed by one thing, that it came to an END! For those of you who have already read it, what more can I say? And for those of you who will read it, you had better set aside a good amount of time because you won't put it down once you start. For Bando, this represents the pinnacle of a lifetime devoted to gathering and preserving WWII Screaming Eagle history. You will not be disappointed.

This book is special. In the past, Bando has produced outstanding works. His distinct style, that of basing his work primarily on first hand oral accounts, has brought to us the history of the 101st Division in a manner typically lacking in other books. It is this personal account approach that sets Bando's books apart from the rest and where 101st Airborne... excels. By combining these accounts with hundreds of incredible, never before seen photographs, Bando brings the story to life. This book delivers both in a large format with top quality photo reproduction and is the reason 101st Airborne... stands apart from the rest of his books. It is a gorgeous book that sets a new standard for preserving history.

From unit formation and stateside training, to the end of the war, 101st Airborne... spans the entire history of the 101st during WWII. The story starts with a fitting tribute to Dick Winters for his courageous leadership, exemplifying the 101st paratrooper, and ends with a unique chapter detailing the good and the bad of collecting Airborne related artifacts in today's challenging environment.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Rich Riley on September 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
It is easy to be an admirer of Mark Bando, a former Detroit Police Officer and a man who has devoted the better part of his life learning first-hand the history of the 101st Airborne Division in WWII from the Men who made it.

This unbridled passion, admiration and unparalleled repect for the Screaming Eagles has led Bando to write what is nothing short of a classic. While I have always enjoyed Mr. Bando's books, his 7th, in my opinion, is the best to date. An absolute historical masterpiece. This book claims the distinction of 'can't put down' status, that is, once you start reading and viewing it, you won't stop until you reach the last word and the last picture on the last page. Once you reach this point, unquestionably, you will start all over again - it is truly that good!

This book will be enjoyed by those who have a thirst to learn about the history of the 101st for the first time, yet will be equally satisfying and thoroughly enjoyed by those who have studied this great Airborne Division for several years.

The 101st Airborne: The Screaming Eagles in WWII, masterfully weaves together the history of this elite Division, from it's inception to its deactivation. By utilizing unforgettable and widely published images of the 101st during WWII, and by introducing a plethora of photographs that have never been published before, the author truly has delivered a pictorial history of the 101st Airborne that is a classic.

But what this book it not, is simply a pictorial history. It is much more. What really brings this book home is the author's unparalleled and truly humbling knowledge of the history of the 101st in WWII, and the men who made it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul Woodadge on September 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Let me be honest - I buy a lot of WWII books, probably 1 a week. I do so not only because I am a working battlefield tour guide and historian but because I love to read about the men who fought for the freedoms we enjoy today. What adjectives can I use about Mark Bando's new book - authoritative, complete, unrivalled, stunning, beautiful, fascinating? These are just a few that spring to mind.

For a one-stop book telling the story of the famous Screaming Eagles look no further than this gorgeous volume. Not only, as another reviewer states has the author got the historical credentials to back up his writing, he also has a great knack for getting to the heart of a story concisely and entertainingly. But best of all in this book (and I have all his others too) is the stunning quality of the photographic images. Reproduced in crisp black and white on heavyweight glossy paper the famous oft-printed photos look better than ever and the new unpublished gems leap off the page.

This book will not go un-read onto my shelves to sit with the mistake purchases, within a year I expect this book to be oft-read, well thumbed and constantly on my desk.

Well done Mr Bando!
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