The Sword of St. Michael

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-08-30
  • Publisher: Da Capo Pr
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The 82nd Airborne Division spent more time in combat than any other American airborne unit of World War II, and its fierce battlefield tenacity earned it the reputation of one of the finest divisions in the world. Yet no comprehensive history of the 82nd during World War II exists today. The Sword of St. Michaelcorrects this significant gap in the literature, offering a lively narrative and thoroughly researched history of the famous division. Author Guy LoFaro, himself a distinguished officer of the division, interweaves the voices of soldiers at both ends of the chain of command, from Eisenhower to the lowest private. Making extensive use of primary sources, LoFaro offers a work of insightful analysis, situating the division's exploits in a strategic and operational context.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Table of Equivalent Ranksp. xiii
Mapsp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
Our Whole Future is in the Airp. 7
A Breed Apartp. 15
Men of a Particularly High Orderp. 27
A Whole New Dimension to Soldieringp. 45
A Small Phalanx in a Vast, Strange Landp. 55
A Self-Adjusting Foul-upp. 77
A Very Rugged Deliveryp. 103
Taking off for the Gates of Hellp. 125
A Force upon which the Fifth Army could Dependp. 147
A Terrible and Handsome Sightp. 175
Alles Kaputt! The Americans are Killing Everybody!p. 199
You Crossed that Causewayp. 221
Can't Anything Stop those Men?p. 243
A Lasting and Firm Faith in the Airbornep. 263
We'll need Two Divisions to do thatp. 279
A Sunday Drive in an Airplanep. 301
The Germans were Everywherep. 325
The Finest Division in the World Todayp. 351
Even the Gods were Weepingp. 377
You are Looking at the Survivorsp. 409
To Turn the Tidep. 433
Singing the Blues about the Right Flankp. 457
Making Monkeys out of the Germansp. 469
Another Nasty Jobp. 495
Present at the Endp. 525
Epilogue: Soldiers Recently Engaged in Warp. 553
Notesp. 561
Bibliographyp. 713
Indexp. 727
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