All American, All the Way: The Combat History of the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II

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The 82nd Airborne Division - known as the "All-Americans" - parachuted into history as America’s first airborne division to see combat. Always at the forefront of some of the heaviest fighting in WWII, the 82nd helped spearhead the Allied drive to victory. This book is the first to tell the full combat history of these gallant All-Americans — from their first perilous night drop into Sicily to their acclaimed victory parade up New York's 5th Avenue in 1946. Currently, the 82nd remains the only active American ...

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The 82nd Airborne Division - known as the "All-Americans" - parachuted into history as America’s first airborne division to see combat. Always at the forefront of some of the heaviest fighting in WWII, the 82nd helped spearhead the Allied drive to victory. This book is the first to tell the full combat history of these gallant All-Americans — from their first perilous night drop into Sicily to their acclaimed victory parade up New York's 5th Avenue in 1946. Currently, the 82nd remains the only active American parachute division. The 82nd Airborne Division — dubbed the All-Americans during WWI, when Sgt. Alvin York was among its soldiers — parachuted into history on July, 9, 1943, as the opening salvo in Operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily. This book, the first to tell the full story of the 82nd — America’s first airborne division to see combat, and the only American parachute division still active today — follows these all-Americans from their first perilous drop to their victory parade up 5th Avenue in January 1946. From the shore of Sicily to the beaches of Normandy, from the Rhine to the Elbe to the German surrender and the U.S. occupation of Berlin, this is military history at its best, often told in the words of the soldiers themselves. It is a fitting — and long overdue — tribute to the valorous service of one of America’s most celebrated fighting divisions.

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Military Trader Magazine, November 2006“’I can’t believe I read the whole thing!’ That was the second thought that crossed this reviewer’s mind as he closed the cover on the 2 ½”-volume. The first was, ‘This is the best-researched, most engagingly written, and beautifully edited book I have read about the 82nd.’ The author has skillfully woven after-action reports and unit histories with various veteran interviews to tell the entire story of the 82nd Airborne in WWII. Thankfully, a complete bibliography and detailed index have been included, thereby insuring that this book will become a standard history of the 82nd. At $35, it is a bargain for all the well-organized information it contains. The engaging writing is simply an added bonus. Nordyke has told the story in such a way that honors vets of the 82nd and will keep WWII aficionados glued to each of the 700+ pages of narrative.”

Leicester Mercury, Dec. 17, 2005“This definitive work tells in a breathtaking 776 pages the complete history of the US 82nd paratroop division during the war years. Obviously a labor of love, the book is a fitting tribute to the brave, young American troops. The author’s in-depth research also makes fascinating and revealing reading.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760322017
  • Publisher: MBI Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 880
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 2.62 (d)

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Phil Nordyke was elected official historian of the 505th Regimental Combat Team (RCT) at the association’s annual reunion, held in Colorado Springs in 2003. He is the author of All American, All the Way: The Combat History of the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II and The All Americans in World War II: A Photographic History of the 82nd Airborne Division at War. He lives in McKinney, Texas, with his wife Nancy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2005

    Comprehensive,compelling, a must read

    ¿All American All The Way¿ written by Phil Nordyke is the most comprehensive and compelling account ever written of the history of the 82d Airborne Division in WWII. The author¿s dedication of telling the story of the most celebrated Division in the U. S. Army in WWII is an encyclopedia on every unit and campaign of the All American Division. Nordyke's research of over 2,000 veterans and the collecting of over 1,000 oral and written accounts takes the reader through the entire chain of command from the top General to the private in the rifle squad where the decisive actions of the war were taken. ¿All American all The Way¿, relates the macro aspects of the Divisions six major campaigns of over two years of bloody fighting from Sicily to the blood soaked sands of the Anzio beachhead into Germany and the occupation of Berlin, but the focus is on the soldiers, NCOs and Junior Officers in the rifle squads and Platoons. They carried the heaviest burden and paid the highest price. I am impressed by the author¿s skill in weaving the individual stories from men of every unit in the Division into a cohesive account of the war, which is masterfully written and as exciting as it is revealing. This book is destined to become a classic on airborne warfare for historians, scholars and future generations of airborne soldiers. As a fellow author and a veteran of the 82d I strongly recommend it¿s reading for every history and WWII buff. James Megellas, author ¿All The Way To Berlin¿

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