Vanguard of the Crusade
Mark Bando has dedicated this work to this famous American airborne division engaged in the Normandy and Ardennes battles. He relays in dramatic detail the histories recounted by hundreds of veterans, making this work a necessary addition to the enthusiast's library. Mark Bando is the well-known author of three previous books about the 101st Airborne Division in WWII and of Breakout at Normandy: The 2d Armored Division in the Land of the Dead. Expanding on his previous works, Vanguard of the Crusade is comprehensive, addressing the entire WWII record of the 101st. The author was born and raised on the west side of Detroit, MI, attended Cass Technical High School and later Wayne State University, as a history major. HE served 25 years as a uniformed Detroit Police patrol officer, working in five different precincts and spending six years in the citywide Tactical Section, during which he heard many shots fired in anger. Bando began interviewing WWII veterans of the 101st in 1968 and has continued to the present, with a running total of over 1,025 interviews. This lifelong pursuit grew out of a recognition of the superior battlefield performance of the WWII 101st and their resulting legendary historical status. His quest has been not only the record their exceptional experiences for posterity, but also ti study the combat paratroopers to discover the reasons for their great successes in battle. Uniquely, Bando has focused almost exclusively on the 101st for four decades, providing his books an abundance of rich, untold stories and a depth of detail which other researchers simply cannot match.
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Twenty-four young Argentine soldiers who have deserted the army spend the last weeks of the conflict hiding out in a cave. Inside their refuge they listen to the radio, stock pile supplies and exchange stories; outside, under cover of night, they trade with the Argentine Quartermaster and with the British. Looking out over the bleak landscape, after weeks of grey skies and horizontal snow, one of them remarks that 'you'd have to be English to want this'. Catch-22 meets Dispatches in the Falkland Islands - Malvinas Requiem is a commentary on the utter futility of war. Darkly comic and deeply affecting, the book contributed to the defeat of the military junta in Argentina and, 25 years after its first publication, still continues to make waves.
D Day with the Screaming Eagles
Many professional historians have recorded the actions of D-Day but here is an account of the airborne actions as described by the actual men themselves, in eyewitness detail. Participants range from division command personnel to regimental, battalion, company, and battery commanders, to chaplains, surgeons, enlisted medics, platoon sergeants, squad leaders and the rough, tough troopers who adapted quickly to fighting in mixed, unfamiliar groups after a badly scattered drop. And yet they managed to gain the objectives set for them in the hedgerow country of Normandy. This book is primary source material. It is a “must read” for anyone interested in the Normandy landings, the 101st Airborne Division, and World War II in general. Hearing the soldiers speak is an entirely different experience from reading about the action in a narrative history.
June 6 1944
In ships and planes, they crossed the English Channel. On the other side Hitler’s army waited. And the longest day was about to begin.... In the spring of 1944, 120,000 Allied soldiers crossed the English Channel in the most ambitious invasion force ever assembled. Rangers, paratroopers, infantry, and armored personnel, these soldiers--some who had just cut their teeth in Africa and Sicily and some who were brand-new to war--joined a force aimed at the heart of Europe and Hitler’s defenses. On the morning of June 6, D-Day began. And in the hours that followed, thousands lost their lives, while those who survived would be changed forever No other chronicle of D-Day can match Gerald Astor's extraordinary work--a vivid first-person account told with stunning immediacy by the men who were there. From soldiers who waded through the bullet-riddled water to those who dropped behind enemy lines, from moments of terror and confusion to acts of incredible camaraderie and heroism, June 6, 1944 plunges us into history in the making--and the most pivotal battle ever waged. From the Paperback edition.
Breakout at Normandy
Author Mark Bando has interviewed more than 250 members of The 2nd Armored Division, a.k.a. Hell on Wheels-the group that broke through only to find themselves trapped in one of the most terrifying, confusing, and carnage-filled battles of World War II.
The period 1941 - 1942 marked a decisive and unexpected turning point in the way the Nazis looked on the issue of "non-aryans" in their ranks. Following high losses in Russia, the need for replacement troops was very great. As a consequence, Bosnians, Arabs, Asians, Trans-Caucasians and Indian soldiers were all enlisted in the Wehrmacht and even in the Waffen-SS. More thank a million such men served. This large format book from Heimdal, illustrated with more than 300 photographs, badges, flags, maps, uniforms and other documents, tells the little known story of these troops. REVIEWS " very useful reference on a subject not well covered. The authors have done a great job in researching the topic, and it shows... If you are interested in some of the lesser known aspects of the Wehrmacht, this is a great book to have. " Internet Modeler, 10/07 "... cover the subject with a knowledge and completeness military historians as well as collectors of military memorabilia will find uniquely informative and satisfying. Collectors of militaria will appreciate especially the photographs of unit patches and related insignias and the ones of fezes and other ethnic garb which became a part of the uniforms of the foreign soldiers...." Henry Berry, book reviewer 11/07 "...there is much information to be gleaned ... from the many wartime photos and color artwork depicting dress, headgear, weapons, rank and unit insignia, medals and decorations, and banners. Those interested in the more exotic military units of the Wehrmacht and SS will find much of interest in this book." Military Trader/ Military Vehicles, March 2008
The Boys of Pointe Du Hoc
Relates the D-Day activities of the elite U.S. Army 2nd Rangers, recounting how they defended themselves for two days against Nazi counterattacks, and describes President Reagan's fortieth-anniversary speech that commended their achievements.
The author, a member of the Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division, describes his experiences in Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge and the close combat under difficult winter conditions and a lack of supplies. Reprint.