82ND AIRBORNE: All American by Mike Verrier

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By Mike Verrier

82nd Airborne department - 'All American' КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: Ian AllanСерия: Spearhead 04Язык: английскийФормат: PDFРазмер: 36.98 Мб ifolder.ru eighty five

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As the divisional artillery arrived it was deployed to support the paras and glidermen. Gavin was in no doubt that his troops would soon encounter German armour. This time, however, the 82nd was better prepared, for not only had the battlehardened troopers evolved effective tactics for dealing with tanks, they also had some new tricks up their sleeves. Throughout the war the Americans had suffered from poor anti-tank weapons, the 57mm gun and the infantry bazooka having little effect on newer German tanks, which also out-gunned the standard Allied tank, the Sherman.

Support was sadly lacking in other areas. A terrible lack of co-ordination at the highest levels meant that the luftwaffe was able to get in amongst the transports and attack both ground and air targets. The Allies, having started from a position of air superiority, failed to maintain it. The consequences of this for the encircled British paras were all too obvious. Despite the best efforts of the Airborne soldiers it did not prove possible to relieve the British paratroops at Arnhem. The full story is beyond the scope of this narrative but of the 10,300 men who jumped on Arnhem only 2,587 made it back to Allied lines.

Browning, the M1917Al. (via 82nd AB Division Museum) SPEARHEAD: 82ND AIRBORNE THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE Above: 'Somewhere in Belgium' (it was actually taken around Christmas day, between Bra and Frature). This photo of an 82nd soldier running to a new scouting position, Thompson in hand, was a source of inspiration for General Gavin who kept it in his office. When, in 1958, the soldier was eventually identified as Earl E. ' (82nd Airborne Museum) Whilst the 82nd was re-fitting the Allies pushed on.

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