You guys are too argumenative. What I said had nothing to do with fighting and giving thier lives next to each other- What I said was, " If you ain't Airborne- you ain't". Now I wish you all well-No disrespect.
I sure hope you were an 11 Bang Bang, as we had a saying in days of old, being that if you ain't Infantry you ain,t S/I/H/T.. I guess you must DESPISE the Boys in todays 101st AIrborne Division, there Air Assault.
There will be no disrespect againt Me or most other Ex Army members who were not Airborne, BUT their will be to the thousands of Soldiers of the Glider Infantry, Artillery, Combat Engineers, who fought in WWII in the 82nd, 101st, 11, 17th Airborne Divisions, not to mention the ones in the 13th who were straining at the bit to GLIDE into action but were never given the chance, a great many of these men made the Supreme Sacrifice, these men were proud of their service in the Airborne Divisions, as guess what, the conduct and operations of the WWII Airborne Divisions would have gotten nowhere if not for the a Glider Troops, simply because they were a integral part of the WWII Airborne Division, it was here that the bulk of the Divisional Artillery support came from, as well as the Division's Combat Engineers, and what of the Glider Infantry Regiments, do you think the Divisions would made due without this Infantry ? I know how chavinstic Paratroopers can be, I being a Former 11B am the same way in this reguard, but it can get alittle over the top, Like at Bastonge, right, we weren't surrounded, we didn't need to rescued etc, the 101st was surrounded, yes it was, BUT it also had loads of NON airborne units in the Bastonge perimeter with it, which contributed to the overall defense, which if not for these extra non Airborne units like the Armored people in those two Combat Command of the 9th and 10th Armored Divisions in example, the defense would have collapsed real quick like. if the 101 was left to fend for itself without being releaved, it in time would have been destroyed, destroyed along with the other units. It was the Infantry and Armored Divisions that really helped break the strangle hold on the Bastogne perimeter, not the other way around, the 101 did an outstanding job, an EPIC job,there no denying it, but it tend,s to forget that it was a very small part of the Army as a whole in the Ardennes region, and this has been abetted by recent movies .Anyway ragbag I Thank you for an interesting rebuttle, and I'm sorry that we or I are drifting away of topic.
Edited by patches, 13 July 2012 - 06:13 PM.