101st AIRBORNE

Summary of Event

All through out the war, brave men wished to fight for their country and their families. Loaded on to planes and dropped onto the battlefield, they were flown across hundreds of miles to drop from the skies to fight. There were 3,633 casualties, and 8,596 people were in the 101st Airborne.

DETAILED EXPLANATION

The Screaming Eagles were established in 1921. The place were The Screaming Eagles was founded was in Camp Claiborne, Louisiana. There were gliders and parachuters. The commanders got to use the gliders and the regular men were in parachutes. The people that were the commanders in the glider suites were General Lee.

The Screaming Eagles/101st Airborne was an idea of having men jump out of planes to glide or parachute down onto the battlefield. That's where the battle would be going on. The gliders would slowly go down to get a good view of the battlefield to see what it was like and also to see were the enemy is coming from. 101st airmen attacked the Germans and Italians in the invasion of Normandy as well as all through Europe.

The parachuters idea was to get onto the battlefield from up above to get height and also to get an idea of where the enemy is coming from. Not only were the generals always in gliders but sometimes they; in a way had back up to cover them. There were 8,596 people in the Airborne total; there were 3,633 casualties.

FIRST HAND ACCOUNT

"Finding out in jig time that war was kill or be killed, it took me less than five minutes to find that out. A bullet had hit my reserve chute and felt like being hit in the stomach with a sledge hammer. I then hit the ground and pulled a .45 cal. pistol given to me by my supply sgt cousin in the Air Corps.

-(The Late) Pvt Doug Garrett of B/502

FACTS AND STATISTICS

  • US General Lee was in a glider accident once during training.
  • The parachuters were called paratroopers.
  • The gliders had a more dangerous job but did not get payed any more than parachuters

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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"History of the 101st Airborne Division." 101st Airborne Division Association. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2016.


"The 101st Airborne Division During WW II - Overview." The 101st Airborne Division During WW II - Overview. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Feb. 2016.