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82nd Airborne

The 82nd Airborne Division became the first airborne division on 15 August 1942. It had been reactivated on 25 March 1942 under the command of Major General Omar N. Bradley as the 82nd Division. They began their training at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana.

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In April 1943 the first paratroopers deployed to North Africa for the invasion of Italy. Under the command of Major General Matthew B. Ridgway, the 82nd Airborne's first assault jumps were into Sicily on 9 July and Salerno on 13 September 1943. The Sicily jump, made by the 505th PIR, was the first regiment sized combat paratroop jump ever performed by the US military.

The 504th PIR was detached from the 82d Airborne in January 1944 to fight at Anzio, Italy. The rest of the Division had been transferred to England in November to prepare for the Normandy Invasion.

The 82d Division parachuted into Normandy the night of June 5 and morning of 6 June 1944, beginning the D-Day Invasion. Many units were scattered across Normandy, missing their drop zones. It took days but units started coming together as the Allies secured the beachhead and began the Liberation of Europe.

In September, the 82nd also participated in Operation Market Garden, an ambitious drop in Holland calculated to ending the war quickly. The Division met their objectives at Nijmegen and Son, but the Bridge at Arnhem was not taken by other Allied Forces and the initiative lost. On 16, December 1944 the Germans launched their surprise offensive in the Ardennes Forest. This became known as the Battle of the Bulge. Within two days the 82d was in the fight on the northern side of the Bulge. Following the closing of the Bulge and the Allies returning to the offensive, the Division helped secure the Ruhr and had crossed the Elbe River. The 82nd Airborne had completed their World War II combat.

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Nickname: All-American


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82nd Airborne Division Films  

82nd US Airborne Division in Normandy DVD $19.99

82nd Airborne Division
Invasion of Normandy Series
May 1944 - July 1944

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82nd Airborne Division in Western Europe DVD $24.99

82nd Airborne Division
Liberation of Western Europe Series
August 1944 - September 1944

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82nd Airborne Division, The Bulge and Beyond DVD $24.99

82nd Airborne Division
Winter War: The Bulge and Beyond Series
December 1944 - February 1945

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WWII Campaigns

  • Sicily
  • Naples-Foggia
  • Normandy (with arrowhead)
  • Rhineland (with arrowhead)
  • Ardennes-Alsace
  • Central Europe
  • WWII Commanders

  • MG Matthew B. Ridgeway
  • MG James M. Gavin
  • Subordinate Units

  • 325th Glider Infantry
  • 504th Parachute Infantry
  • 505th Parachute Infantry
  • 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion
  • 80th Airborne Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion
  • 307th Airborne Medical Company
  • 319th Glider Field Artillery Battalion
  • 320th Glider Field Artillery Battalion
  • 376th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion
  • 456th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion
  • Combat Reels salutes the veterans of the 82nd Airborne Division of WW2 and their valuable contribution to U.S. military history.

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