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By Mike Verrier

ISBN-10: 0711028567

ISBN-13: 9780711028562

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Eventually a company from the 507th (who had suffered bad scattering, some troopers landing 20 miles away) forced its way across the bridge, clearing the Germans from the other side. Inexplicably they then kept going, leaving a vacuum quickly exploited by the Germans who held the western side for a further two days. Despite this, and again with the aid of one of the few 57mm guns available, the 82nd made sure that the Germans could not advance either, knocking out a tank actually on the bridge and interdicting the eastern causeway.

Again the ability of Airborne soldiers to adapt to a changing tactical situation quickly and decisively had proved its value. 35 Above: They look too young to go to war-82nd glidermen in a CG-4 over England in 1944. On the night of 5/6 June these men would land on the Cotentin Peninsula. (82nd Airborne Museum) SPEARHEAD: 82ND AIRBORNE 36 IN ACTION Above: Dated 4]une 1944, this photograph of a group of 'Glider Riders' (probably the 32Sth) have been hanging around for some time waiting for the order to go (the drop was eventually postponed for 24 hours).

His deputy was an extremely able Guards officer who had been responsible for the formation and training of British glider and parachute forces. Not immune to idiosyncrasies he had also designed his own rather unique uniform. (Browning's other contribution to Airborne uniform, however, was the red beret. ) Ridgway meanwhile had been promoted to command the US XVIII Airborne Corps, his deputy, Gavin, assuming command of the 82nd on 28 August. As part of the Change of Command ceremonies that month, Generals Eisenhower, Ridgway, Brereton and Gavin reviewed the 82nd.

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