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by Mark Bando

Category: Military
Subcategory: History books
Author: Mark Bando
ISBN: 0971765006
ISBN13: 978-0971765009
Language: English
Publisher: The Aberjona Press; First Edition edition (June 1, 2003)
Pages: 320
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Mark Bando has dedicated this work to this famous American airborne division engaged in the Normandy and Ardennes .

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. This book covers the 101st from its formation to the end of WW2.

Vanguard of the Crusade book. Significance More than any of the other combatant forces in the Second World War, the US Army standardized its divisions' organization, training, and doctrine. This allowed unparalleled flexibility of employment and a consistency of battlefield performance rivaled by the tactical forces of no other army.

The 101st Airborne Division ("Screaming Eagles") is a specialized modular light infantry division of the US Army trained for air assault operations. The Screaming Eagles has been referred to as "the tip of the spear" by former . Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and the most potent and tactically mobile. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and the most potent and tactically mobile of the . Army's divisions by former Chief of Staff of the Army GEN Edward C. Meyer (ret).

Full title: Vanguard of the Crusade: The 101st Airborne Division in World War II. This is an excellent work, telling the . This is an excellent work, telling the story of the "Screaming Eagles" from their origins at Fort Bragg, through the end of the war. The story is told in small segments, that make for quick reading. It is hard to put down. Following the short chapter on the origins of the division is a chapter that discusses their time in England preparing for the invasion of Normandy

Vanguard of the Crusade. The 101st Airborne Division in World War II. Mark Bando.

Vanguard of the Crusade. Title: Vanguard of the Crusade The 101st Airborne Division in World War II. Author: Mark Bando. ISBN-13: 978-2-84048-330-4. We are aware of 5 similar reference publications related to "US Soldiers (WW2), Paratroopers". US Army Airborne 1940-1990. Gordon Rottman, Ron Volstad. in action Nr. 10. Leroy Thompson.

Second World War (content). Vietnam odyssey the story of the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. American Airmen In Britain During The Second World War. BANDO, MARK A. (Author) Aberjona Press (Publisher). Over two million American servicemen passed through Britain during the Second World War. In 1944, at the height of activity, up to half a million were based there with the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF).

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THE 101ST AIRBORNE DURING WORLD WAR TWO Vanguard of the Crusade. THE 101ST AIRBORNE DURING WORLD WAR TWO Vanguard of the Crusade Mark Brando’s book is devoted to this famous American airborne division engaged mainly in the Normandy landings and during the Battle of the Bulge. Customers who bought this product also bought: NORMANDIE 44 H-S 8. He relays in dramatic detail the histories recounted by hundreds of veterans, making this work a necessary addition to the enthusiasts library. Vanguard of the Crusade. Casemate Publishers and Book Distributors.

Author and historian Mark Bando specializes in the history of the 101st Airborne and the 2nd Armored Division

Author and historian Mark Bando specializes in the history of the 101st Airborne and the 2nd Armored Division. He has published four previous books with MBI Publishing Company/Zenith Press, including 101st Airborne: The Screaming Eagles at Normandy, The 101st Airborne at Normandy, The 101st Airborne: From Holland to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest, and Breakout at Normandy: The 2nd Armored Division in the Land of the Dead. He is retired from the police department in Detroit, Michigan, where he resides. Библиографические данные. 101st Airborne: The Screaming Eagles in World War II. Автор. 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.

Contents. In an age of exaggeration and hype, when words like "great," "famous," and "legendary" are often used to describe the ordinary and slightly-above-average, it is difficult to describe the truly special. Further, when so much has been written about a subject, it is hard to find fresh perspectives and new ways to approach it.

With Vanguard of the Crusade, author Mark Bando has accomplished just these things. Through decades of painstakingly collecting and verifying first-hand accounts of some of the fiercest fighting in the European Theater, he has illuminated the personal experiences of the members of this truly and justly famous American airborne division. From their baptism of fire in the advance echelon of Operation Overlord, to capturing the first objectives of Operation Market-Garden, and defiantly holding the key crossroads at Bastogne during the German Ardennes Offensive, the exploits of the "Screaming Eagles" are expertly recounted in this heavily-illustrated single volume.

Expanding significantly on the author's previous work, Vanguard of the Crusade includes dozens of previously unpublished, rare photos as well as significantly enhanced versions of photos which have appeared in some of his works before. Historians, buffs, reenactors, and collectors alike will be fascinated by the extensive new sections about airborne equipment and parachutists' uniforms, as well as the all-new special feature segments about the major German formations defeated by the 101st in its campaigns in France, Holland, and Belgium. Ten brand new, highly-detailed maps based directly on primary source documents also support the text, which, like Bando's previous works, draws heavily on vividly-recounted, authentic anecdotes gleaned from the airborne veterans themselves.

Significance More than any of the other combatant forces in the Second World War, the US Army standardized its divisions' organization, training, and doctrine. This allowed unparalleled flexibility of employment and a consistency of battlefield performance rivaled by the tactical forces of no other army. Airborne divisions, on the other hand, were the closest thing the US Army had to specially trained and organized "assault" units, designed specifically for striking behind enemy lines and holding key terrain while isolated and cut off.

The 101st Airborne Division thus required and attracted a special kind of soldier, of whom unusual-and deadly-demands were made routinely, in training as well as combat. By chronicling the Division's combat experience through the eyes and in the words of its soldiers themselves, Vanguard of the Crusade provides priceless insights into what made this division so distinctive and the traditions it built so worthy. Perhaps one of their own, Private First Class Tex McMorries, put it best, "The best and toughest of the paratroopers were cold, fearless killers, who went to great extremes to kill the enemy." Vanguard of the Crusade is their story.

Told without a shred of sentimentality, but with an implicit and profound respect for the paratroopers and glidermen who wore the Screaming Eagle patch, the book captures the spirit and the deeds of the Division which, from Normandy to Holland to the Ardennes, was the vanguard-and a bulwark-of the Crusade in Europe.

Comments to eBook Vanguard of the Crusade: The 101st Airborne Division in World War II
Ttexav
This is the long awaited reprint of Mark Bando's epic account of the 101st Airborne Division in WW2. I just missed out on the earlier edition and I've been avidly waiting for it to become available again (and had to go through quite a process, being sent the French edition twice!) Bando has been strongly interested in the 101st for decades and has conducted hundreds of interviews with its veterans. This book covers the 101st from its formation to the end of WW2.

The crux of the book is the epic battles the 101st fought against the German army, starting with the legendary jumps into Normandy and Holland before the epic stand at Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge. It is primarily a book about these battles and let there be no illusion about what this means. This is no sanitized, politically correct puff, the combat stories contained are frequently extremely graphic. There is a lot of brutality in war and here the veterans and Bando spell it out in absolute clarity. The fighting is very savage and the effect of weapons on flesh and bone is terrible. It is the reality of war that some men become adept at it and I think one of the strengths of Bando's work is that he doesn't apologise for this. Rather he is clear that winning battles means killing the enemy and he gives due credit to those who were proficient enough to do just that. Over the four campaigns, there is a lot of combat and many casualties. This includes atrocities; the killing of prisoners (by both sides) and even examples of torture and sadism.

Yes Burgett and Winters and others well known from their separately published memoirs are here but their contributions form only a minor part of the text. Bando has interviewed almost a 1,000 men from the 101st and the great bulk of the text consists of their exact words, so there is a host of primary material to digest. It's almost impossible to summarise, the trooper wounded seventeen times, the many heroes, the ornery types, some fools and the host of troopers who grimly did their duty and slogged forward every time they were asked. Bando is clearly a trusted confident and many men have revealed a vast range of intimate personal stories about fighting, comradeship and tragedy.

While the book is handsomely presented, the French company who has reissued it has not always got it right. A few times continuity is lost between pages and some passages are missing. There are some typos and most annoying, the potted histories for some of the German divisions that opposed the 101st (listed in an index and a great idea) have been badly mixed around. I also think it would've helped if the numerous first person contributions were more clearly differentiated from the main text but these are all minor quibbles when weighed against the incredible volume and quality of the first hand combat stories and numerous period photos. This book really delivers in terms of revealing the face of battle and even more so the face of the extraordinary American fighting men of the 101st Airborne Division.
Warianys
Mark Bando is without a doubt the most knowledgeable man on the face of the earth as far as the 101st Airborne during WW2 is concerned. Fun and entertaining stories!
Balhala
Very good. Author knows his stuff.
Silly Dog
Excellent price & quality book. Nicer than expected & fast delivery.
interactive man
Book as good as expected. Enjoyed the pictures detailing differences in equipment and clothing patterns. Disappointed in delivery of the purchase. Three weeks from NY to FL way to long.
Coiwield
Great history lesson
RUsich155
Love this book great photos
Product was as described. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase from them again.
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