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Friday, 02 October 2020 11:09

COLUMN: A bridge too far Part II

Operation Market Garden began early on Sunday morning, Sept. 17, 1944. Thousands of Allied paratroopers and glider personnel were flying to their destination in Holland.

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Friday, 25 September 2020 12:54

COLUMN: A bridge too far

In the early 1940s, our country — along with most of the world — was at war. Germany and Japan were looking to expand their boundaries with no regard for other countries or their people. Before the war ended, many lives would be lost, and destruction would be everywhere.

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Another early call this morning for a jump into the tiny village of Angoville au Plain. I mentioned the town the other day when I conducted a recon of the drop zone and visited the church. The 101st Airborne Division was dropped into this place on D-Day in 1944. There were many casualties from both sides in the area and two medics from the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment established a field aid station in the church to treat all casualties. 

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I woke to a quiet Normandy coast — very different than the morning of the 6th of June, 1944. The German defenders were expecting quiet in the area — they had been convinced that when the Allies finally committed to attacking, the attack would likely be elsewhere. The German commander, Erwin Rommel or the Desert Fox, was so comfortable and confident that he was out of the area — on a personal shopping trip to buy a birthday gift for his wife in Paris. BIG mistake. 

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