Official account of the 82nd Airborne, America's Division.
Jul 14, 2018 • 20 tweets • 8 min read
1/19: Today's #AASaturdayStory begins with President Truman and the Cold War. Amidst a national frenzy of the possibility of nuclear war with the Soviet Union, Truman kept the 82nd out of Korea as a strategic reserve. In the event of war with USSR, the 82nd could jump in.
2/19: Truman (& Ike) were more afraid of the Russians than the Chinese. The (now declassified) war plans called for us to jump into either Finland, Norway, or Sweden & move across potentially nuclear-devastated battlefields to the Soviet Union.
Jun 22, 2018 • 22 tweets • 8 min read
1/20: "Sole Survivor: The Story of An All American Family"
All American Paratrooper Robert Niland was killed in combat 74 years ago this month. He was one of four brothers to serve in combat in WWII.
Today we tell the story of the Niland brothers.
2/20: It's a story that served as the inspiration for the WWII epic "Saving Private Ryan".
You surely know the movie, but let's quickly recap the plot (in the next tweet).
Jun 6, 2018 • 17 tweets • 4 min read
10:45 AM: G Company, 3rd Battalion, 505th has been controlling a checkpoint going into Ste- Mere-Eglise for ~ 2 hours. At ~ 10:45 AM, a German force of 2 companies of infantry, supported by 3 small tanks & 3 tracked guns attacks thee roadblocks.
Myth or Fact? Did Lt. Colonel Ben Vandervoort, commander of 2-505, really order Paratroopers from the 101st to carry him on a cart as famously depicted in the movie "The Longest Day"?
Jun 5, 2018 • 101 tweets • 25 min read
We're in it, folks! This is our D Day Reenactment. For the next 17 hours we'll bring you an "as it happened" play-by-play of The Division's actions during D Day.
Follow along, ask questions, comment.
We're typing this as we go cuz we want to interact w/ u
Let's set the table here for our #AADDayReenactment. We'll be recounting events in Eastern Standard Time as they happened in Central European Time.
We'll be bringing you cool tidbits, maps, stories, and personalities.