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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
“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
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!”
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.”
Was said to be "readable" condition, although damaged. But it is beyond readable, many pages were stuck together and when we tried prying them apart, they tore. Read morePublished 15 months ago by J. B.
got it for my dad, his brother is featured in the book, it was nice for his to see his brother again. ThanksPublished on September 11, 2013 by James Ganter
This book was very, very operationally detailed, and lacked a good narrative that I prefer in history books. The Longest Day would be an example of my preferred style.Published on April 17, 2013 by bill baker
This is another excellent historical compendium on the 101st Airborne in France and Holland. Mark Bando does an outstanding job of research, writing, and separating 101st myth... Read morePublished on October 8, 2012 by John
This is an excellent book with many documentary photographs. I am very pleased and the book was in new conditionPublished on August 30, 2012 by Arthur
THE 101ST AIRBORNE: THE SCREAMING EAGLES IN WORLD WAR II
ZENITH PRESS, 2007
HARDCOVER, $40. Read more
The book was in excellent condition. Read it is just a few days. ThanksPublished on August 17, 2010 by bettyboop
Just an incredible history including photographic evidence of the 101st from the beginning to the end of the european war. Read morePublished on January 18, 2009 by B. Emirali