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Some re-assignment of objectives saw the 82nd draw Ste-Mere-Eglise originally slated for the IOIst. This irony was reversed a few months later when the IOIst got the toughest assignment at Bastogne by equal happenstance. The gliders were to undertake the first operational night landing ever attempted, hopefully with the aid of beacons set up by pathfinders dropped ahead of them. There were not going to be enough gliders or pilots so some of the glider infantry and artillery were going to have to be part of the amphibious landing and link up with the rest of the division as soon as possible.
It had undoubtedly been pivotal in preventing the Germans pushing the allies back into the sea. The Airborne had once again demonstrated its value, but at terrible cost. Captain Charles W. Mason wrote a succinct summary: '33 days of action without relief, without replacements. Every mission accomplished. ' A better tribute to those who died would be hard to find. 42 IN ACTION NIJMEGEN During 33 days of fighting in Normandy the division had suffered the highest casualties of any of its campaigns, 46%.
Ever willing to please their commander the troopers set about the next two with bazookas. One was carrying fuel for V-2s, the resultant spectacular explosion nearly taking the troopers with it. By the end of D-Day, whilst all the landings had been successful, none of the main objectives of Market had been taken, and the armoured thrust had not even begun. The Allies, however, were committed and as D+1 dawned efforts were redoubled. Three times that day Gavin's soldiers reported the bridge in their hands, but the German defences held and each time the Americans were forced to withdraw.
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