Operation Varsity 75th Anniversary

Operation Varsity – also known as The Crossing of The Rhine – took place on the 24th of March 1945. Although the airborne component of Operation Market-Garden involved more troops and drops, Varsity was the largest airborne operation of WWII that took place in one location and on a single day. Like the airborne invasion […]

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On This Day In History: The Los Banos Prison Raid

“Shortly after sunrise on Feb. 23, 1945, elements of the U.S. 11th Airborne Division along with Filipino resistance fighters struck the Japanese prisoner of war camp at Los Baños, Luzon, 40 miles south of Manila and deep in enemy-held territory. It was a daring air, sea and land operation to liberate 2,146 civilian internees — […]

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On This Day In History: Bastogne and the 101st Airborne Division

On December 22, 1944, German officers under a flag of truce approached the American lines demanding Bastogne’s surrender… After reading the demand, Gen. Anthony McAuliffe, the American commander in Bastogne, remarked, “Aw, nuts!” Further discussion failed to improve on his first reaction, and “NUTS!” became his famous one-word response. When the Germans failed to understand, an […]

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The Battle of the Bulge 75th Anniversary

Anyone who’s watched “Band of Brothers” will know about the brutal defensive battle fought by American troops (who were largely caught off guard) in the Ardennes Forest of Belgium from mid-December 1944 until late January 1945. American forces bore the brunt of the attack, and the resulting bulge in their lines gave the battle its […]

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On This Day In History: The Green Beret Becomes Official For U.S. Army Special Forces

On 12 Oct. 1961 Brigadier General William P. Yarborough, Commander Special Warfare Center, Ft. Bragg N.C. met President John F. Kennedy during JFK’s visit to Fort Bragg. Two historically significant results came from this meeting – JFK promised increased funding to develop the Special Forces into a strategic unit within the US Army, and he […]

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Friday Fotos: Crossing the Waal River Market-Garden 75

Last week, as part of the 75th Anniversary commemorations of Operation Market-Garden, paratroopers of the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division took part in a reenactment of the famous daylight combat crossing of the Waal River that enabled to final capture of the bridge at Nijmegen, Holland in September 1944. The day’s events were capped off […]

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