Rare Vanguard Of The Crusade 101st Airborne Wwii History Book Mark Bando Pir Gir
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Rare Vanguard Of The Crusade 101st Airborne Wwii History Book Mark Bando Pir Gir:
Vanguard of the CrusadeOffering an excellent copy of Mark Bando's Vanguard of the Crusade. This is the very scarce first edition as published by Aberjona Press (Aegis Consulting Group) in 2003. Oversized hardback without dust jacket (as published) this massive text and photographic reference of the 101st Airborne Division in WWII is nearly impossible to locate. Until recently when a second edition was published in France this book was only available on the used book market often commanding prices over $400! Even today this edition is in high demand with Buy-it Now copies here on listed for over $200. This volume is an expanded combination of Bando's first two paperback books: The 101st Airborne at Normandy (1994) and The 101st Airborne From Holland to Hitler's Eagles Nest (1995). Those books (out of print since 1999) are extremely rare and highly priced when a copy can even be located. Vanguard of the Crusade contains much additional material and sold out immediately going out of print in October of 2005. Mark Bando is well known as perhaps the primary historian of the 101st Airborne Division and this book is certainly evidence of that. The book is 9 X 11 inches in size and 320 pages in length. The entire history of the 101st Airborne during WWII is covered in depth based on 100s of veteran interviews. The book also contains over 200 photographs (many previously unpublished) and 10 new maps which were prepared especially for this volume. In addition to the historical narrative, there are sections on airborne weapons, gear, uniforms, and equipment; a full listing of all veterans interviewed with their regiment; descriptions of the major German units which opposed the 101st; and a full index.
The book is in excellent, like new condition and appears to be unread. No damage to the covers with straight edges, sharp corners, and tight binding. Pristine bright pages. No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, and no underlining/highlighting of text. No owner's names or markings. Only the slightest minimal signs of wear. Very slight blemish to the front cover under the C of Crusade and another under the glider wing on the reverse cover (not detractive). These are very minor issues but I grade condition hard. A VERY clean copy from a nonsmoking Environment. Scarce 101st Airborne history with a bargain basement starting offer price and never a reserve. You will not be disappointed in this book! Please contact me if you have questions or require additional information. Winning buyer to pay $3.99 USPS Medial Mail shipping. Please review my response and offer with confidence. Thanks for looking ......EDITOR'S INFORMATION:
In an age of exaggeration and hype, when words like great, famous, and legendary are often used to describe the ordinary and slightly-above-average, it is difficult to describe the truly special. Further, when so much has been written about a subject, it is hard to find fresh perspectives and new ways to approach it.
With Vanguard of the Crusade, author Mark Bando has accomplished just these things. Through decades of painstakingly collecting and verifying first-hand accounts of some of the fiercest fighting in the European Theater, he has illuminated the personal experiences of the members of this truly and justly famous American airborne division. From their baptism of fire in the advance echelon of Operation Overlord, to capturing the first objectives of Operation Market-Garden, and defiantly holding the key crossroads at Bastogne during the German Ardennes Offensive, the exploits of the "Screaming Eagles" are expertly recounted in this heavily-illustrated single volume.
Expanding significantly on the author's previous work, Vanguard of the Crusade includes dozens of previously unpublished, rare photos as well as significantly enhanced versions of photos which have appeared in some of his works before. Historians, buffs, reenactors, and collectors alike will be fascinated by the extensive new sections about airborne equipment and parachutists' uniforms, as well as the all-new special feature segments about the major German formations defeated by the 101st in its campaigns in France, Holland, and Belgium. Ten brand new, highly-detailed maps based directly on primary source documents also support the text, which, like Bando's previous works, draws heavily on vividly-recounted, authentic anecdotes gleaned from the airborne veterans themselves.
Significance More than any of the other combatant forces in the Second World War, the US Army standardized its divisions' organization, training, and doctrine. This allowed unparalleled flexibility of employment and a consistency of battlefield performance rivaled by the tactical forces of no other army. Airborne divisions, on the other hand, were the closest thing the US Army had to specially trained and organized "assault" units, designed specifically for striking behind enemy lines and holding key terrain while isolated and cut off.
The 101st Airborne Division thus required and attracted a special kind of soldier, of whom unusual-and deadly-demands were made routinely, in training as well as combat. By chronicling the Division's combat experience through the eyes and in the words of its soldiers themselves, Vanguard of the Crusade provides priceless insights into what made this division so distinctive and the traditions it built so worthy. Perhaps one of their own, Private First Class Tex McMorries, put it best, "The best and toughest of the paratroopers were cold, fearless killers, who went to great extremes to kill the enemy." Vanguard of the Crusade is their story.
Told without a shred of sentimentality, but with an implicit and profound respect for the paratroopers and glidermen who wore the Screaming Eagle patch, the book captures the spirit and the deeds of the Division which, from Normandy to Holland to the Ardennes, was the vanguard-and a bulwark-of the Crusade in Europe.