By Phil Nordyke
On Sunday, September 17, 1944, the 82nd Airborne department jumped into background with the 1st Allied Airborne military in a bold sunlight parachute and glider-borne attack to trap key bridges at first of Operation marketplace backyard. Following weeks of heavy strive against in Holland, the All american citizens (the identify of the department in international warfare I whilst Sgt. Alvin York was once considered one of its squaddies) have been withdrawn from the frontlines for a genuinely-earned leisure, which used to be presently interrupted by means of the conflict of the Bulge, the place they once more came across themselves within the thick of the motion, a place that remained generic to them for the remainder of the conflict. Following VE Day, the 82nd grew to become a part of the Allied forces occupying Berlin.
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There wouldn’t be enough paratroopers in the initial drop on September 17 to capture all of the division’s objectives. Therefore, General Gavin had to prioritize the objectives. “This mission, of course was discussed at great length with the British Airborne Corps Commander (General Browning). ] Urquhart’s British Airborne Division would do the job. They had, therefore, devoted considerable study to intelligence reports and to the terrain. The Nijmegen-Groesbeek high ground was the only high ground in all of the Netherlands.
The 504 Parachute Infantry assigned Bridge 7 and 8 to the 1st Battalion; Bridge 11 at Grave to the 2nd Battalion. The 3rd Battalion was to clear all enemy movement on the Grave-Nijmegen highway and be prepared to assist the 1st and 2nd Battalions, or both. “One enemy battalion was known to be in Grave and one battalion was believed to be protecting the bridges across the Maas-Waal Canal. The 3rd Battalion plan of attack was to drop east of Over Asselt on Drop Zone ‘O,’ and reorganize and assemble in the nearby wooded area in SOP [standard operating procedure] perimeter assembly; Battalion Command Post in the center, Headquarters Company three hundred yards north, G Company three hundred yards south, I Company three hundred yards east, and H Company three hundred yards west.
M. The whole parachute operation would take one hour from beginning to end, and only thirty-nine minutes from the arrival of the first battalion-sized element until the last was dropped. Lieutenant Colonel Marin’s logistics staff issued orders specifying such things as the number and type of rations to be carried by airborne and seaborne personnel, the amount of gasoline and oil to be carried in each vehicle, the basic load of ammunition for all troops, water, special items such as halazone tablets for water purification, personal hygiene items, and medical supplies.
All American, All the Way: A Combat History of the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II: From Market Garden to Berlin by Phil Nordyke