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General Matthew Ridgway Gen Matthew B Ridgway


Maj Gen Omar N. Bradley

Gen Matthew B Ridgway

Gen James M Gavin

Lt Gen Lewis H Brereton

Gen Mark W Clark

Gen George S Patton

82nd Airborne WW II
Medal of Honor Recipients

  Pfc Charles N. DeGlopper

Pvt John R.Towle

1st Sgt Leonard Funk


USAAF Airborne Troop Carriers in World War II

Camp Claiborne, Louisiana
36th Infantry Division

D-Day: Etat de Lieux

ETO Cross Channel Attack (Hyperwar)


The 82nd Airborne (CMH) Center for Military History

Sicily (CMH)

Anzio (CMH)

Normandy (CMH)

Battle of the Bulge (CMH)



The Drop Zone: Fractured - Normandy Remembered

Securing the Douve Line (CMH)

D-Day: The Paratroopers Experience

The Decision to Launch Operation Market Garden

Personal Rembrance of Crossing the Waal Canal

The Ardennes: Battle of the Bulge

The 82nd Airborne during World War II
Order of Battle

The division insignia consists of the letters "AA" inscribed in white on a blue circle, which in turn is superimposed on a bright red square background. The 82d Infantry Division in World War I was comprised of soldiers from every state in the Union and therefore, the nickname "All American" was adopted and "AA" was included in the insignia. When in 1942 the 82d was reactivated and made airborne, the word "Airborne", in white letters, (upper left corner) was placed on a crescent-shaped blue background, and added to the top of the insignia.

COMMAND AND STAFF    December,1943 - May, 1945 (ETO)

Commanding General
9 December 1943 Maj. Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway
27 August 1944 Brig . Gen. James M. Gavin
18 October 1944 Maj. Gen. James M. Gavin

Assistant Division Commander
9 December 1943-26 August 1944 Brig. Gen. James M. Gavin
26 August 1943-13 December 1944 VACANT
13 December 1944 Col. Ira P. Swift
13 December 1944 Brig. Gen. Ira P. Swift

Artillery Commander
9 December 1943 Col. Francis A. March
9 February 1944 Brig. Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor
22 February 1944 Col. Francis A. March
8 May 1944 Col. Lemuel Mathewson
22 May 1944 Col. Francis A. March
16 November 1944 Brig. Gen. Francis A. March

Chief of Staff
9 December 1943 Col. Ralph P. Eaton
28 August 1944 Lt. Col. Robert H. Wienecke
29 August 1944 Col. Robert H. Wienecke

Assistant Chief of Staff G-1
9 December 1943 Lt. Col. Frederick M. Schillhammer [i.e., Schellhammer]
28 August 1944 Maj. Alfred W. Ireland
6 November 1944 Lt. Col. Alfred W. Ireland

Assistant Chief of Staff G-2
9 December 1943 Lt. Col. Jack Whitefield [i.e., Whitfield Jack]
28 August 1944 Lt. Col. Walter F. Winston

Assistant Chief of Staff G-3
9 December 1943 Lt. Col. Paul L. Turner, Jr.
17 February 1944 Lt. Col. Robert H. Wienecke
28 August 1944 Maj. John Norton
29 August 1944 Lt. Col. John Norton

Assistant Chief of Staff G-4
9 December 1943 Lt. Col. Robert H. Wienecke
17 February 1944 Maj. Bennie Zinn
1 June 1944 Lt. Col. Bennie Zinn
7 June 1944 Lt. Col. Frank W. Moorman (Acting)
17 June 1944 Lt. Col. Frank W. Moorman
28 August 1944 Maj. Albert G. Marin
11 November 1944 Lt. Col. Albert G. Marin

Assistant Chief of Staff G-5
22 May 1944 Capt. Peter Shouvaloff
13 December 1944 Capt. Arthur W. Seward
12 February 1945 Maj. Arthur W. Seward

Adjutant General
9 December 1943 Maj. Raymond M. Britton
1 February 1944 Lt. Col. Raymond M. Britton
23 February 1945 Maj. Maurice E. Stuart

Commanding Officer, 504th Parachute Infantry
23 April 1944
[Date rejoined division from Italy]
Col. Reuben H. Tucker

Commanding Officer, 505th Parachute Infantry
9 December 1943 Lt. Col. Herbert F. Batchellor
22 March 1944 Lt. Col. William E. Ekman
22 July 1944 Col. William E. Ekman

Commanding Officer, 325th Glider Infantry
9 December 1943 Col. Harry L. Lewis
22 August 1944 Lt. Col. Charles Billingslea
29 October 1944 Col. Charles Billingslea


25 March 1942 Activated
9 December 1943 Arrived ETO from Italy
6 June 1944 Arrived Continent (D Day)
6 June 1944 [prior combat in NATOUSA] Entered Combat
194 Days in Combat

Individual Awards
Medal of Honor 3
Distinguished Service Cross 41
Legion of Merit 24
Silver Star 759
Soldiers Medal 41
Bronze Star 1,873
Air Medal 15
Prisoners of War Taken 157,835

Command Posts

9 Dec 43 Castle Dawson   Northern Ireland
14 Feb 44 Leicester (Braunstone Park) Leicestershire England
6 Jun 44 Ste-Mere-Eglise (vic) Manche France
13 Jul 44 Leicester (Braunstone Park) Leicestershire England
17 Sep 44 Nijmegen (vic S) Gelderland Netherlands
1 Dec 44 Sissone Aisne France
18 Dec 44 Werbomont Liege Belgium
19 Dec 44 Habiemont Liege Belgium
21 Dec 44 Lierneux Liege Belgium
22 Dec 44 Bra Liege Belgium
24 Dec 44 Habiemont Liege Belgium
1 Jan 45 Chevron Liege Belgium
3 Jan 45 Bassebodeux Liege Belgium
5 Jan 45 Abrefontaine Liege Belgium
12 Jan 45 Nonceveux Liege Belgium
26 Jan 45 Hunnage Liege Belgium
28 Jan 45 Medell Liege Belgium
29 Jan 45 Wereth Liege Belgium
30 Jan 45 Holzheim Liege Belgium
5 Feb 45 Stavelot Luxembourg Belgium
8 Feb 45 Rott Rhineland Germany
10 Feb 45 Hurtgen Rhineland Germany
18 Feb 45 Rott Rhineland Germany
19 Feb 45 Sissone Aisne France
2 Apr 45 Weiden Rhineland Germany
27 Apr 45 Hohenzethen Hannover Germany
29 Apr 45 Bleckede Hannover Germany
1 May 45 Neuhaus Hannover Germany
3 May 45 Ludwigslust Mecklenburg Germany

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Breuer, William B  They Jumped at Midnight Jove Publishing, (P) c1990 ISBN: 0515104256
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D'Este, Carlo  Patton: A Genius for War 1024 pp ISBN: 0060927623
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Eberle, Henrik & Matthias Uhl (editors) The Hitler Book: The Secret Dossier Prepared for Stalin November 14, 2005, PublicAffairs Pub, 416 p. ISBN: 1586483668
Falerios, Kenton J.  Give Me Something I Can't Do: The History of the 82nd Military Police Company, WW 1 to Iraq Nov 2007, Authorhouse, 192 p ISBN: 1434337197
Francois, Dominique 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment: A Forgotten Regiment Heimdal (Aug 2002), 120 p. ISBN: 2840481642
Francois, Dominique 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment: Red Devils Heimdal (Aug 2003), 120 p. ISBN: 2840481723
Gavin, James M.  On to Berlin : Battles of an Airborne Commander, 1943-1946 ISBN: 0670525170
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Hastings, Max Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy Simon and Shuster(JUV), 396 p. ISBN: 0671554352
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Messina , Phillip Anzio: Song of Destiny A.G.Halldin Publishing Company, 1992. ISBN: 0 935 64838 0
Mullins, Christopher Eric (Moon) The Commander's Voice- The History of the 82nd Signal Battalion during WWI and WWII Amazon Apr 7, 2021. 186 p. ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8734584361
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Ruggero, Ed  Combat Jump: The Young Men who Led the Assault into Fortress Europe, July, 1943  HarperCollins, 10/21/2003. 388 p. ISBN: 0060088753
Ryan, Cornelius  The Longest Day Touchstone Books (P), 350 p. ISBN: 0671890913
Ryan, Cornelius  A Bridge Too Far 670p. ISBN: 0684803305
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Wurst, Spencer & Gayle Descending From the Clouds: A Memoir of Combat in the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment: 82nd Airborne Division Casemate (Oct 2004), 256 p. ISBN: 1932033319

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