Saturday, May 16, 2009
101st Airborne Division
One of the U.S. Army's top air assault divisions, the 101st Airborne carried out many missions in WW2, the Vietnam War, and even today serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Founded at the brink if WW2, quote its first generalto the newest recruits:the 101st has no history but had a rendezvous with destiny. My favorite act of the 101st has to be the brigade leading the way to a major american victory at D-Day.Then, in the Battle of the Bulge,the 101st, as one of the few forces available to contain the German advance, was rushed forward by truck to defend the vital road junction of Bastogne. Famously, Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe answered the German demand of surrender with the reply "To the German Commander: nuts! -The American Commander" and the division fought on until the siege was lifted and the German encroachment was stopped.