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All American, All the Way    by Phil Nordyke order for
All American, All the Way
by Phil Nordyke
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Zenith Press, 2009 (2009)

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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

This 464 page paperback tells 'A Combat History of the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II: From Sicily to Normandy', the first half of this legendary airborne division's story.

Following the 82nd from its reactivation in early 1942 as an infantry outfit through its conversion to an airborne unit with two parachute regiments and one glider regiment, the story follows the 82nd from jumps into Sicily and Salerno to the Normandy invasion.

Illustrated with 64 black and white photos and 24 maps, this comprehensive volume tells the first half of the airborne division's history. The second part, 'From Market Garden to Berlin', will be published in the spring of 2010.

From parachute jumps behind enemy lines to close combat, the stories of the men of this heralded division offer a front-row seat to some of the pivotal campaigns in the European theatre of World War II.

Any military historian or person interested in this aspect of modern warfare will find this book not only fascinating but also one they will want to add to their home libraries.

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