In time for the 75th anniversary of Operation MARKET GARDEN I though I would show of some more of my DUI.
The DUI shown centre around the 82nd Airborne Division’s heroic assault crossing of the Waal River in Holland to secure the bridge from both ends, as depicted by Robert Redford in the WWII film ‘A Bridge Too Far’.
On 20th September 1944 the crossing was made in 26 boats provided by British Army engineers under intense fire from the Nazi German defenders, including use of their dreaded 88mm flak guns. Only 13 boats completed that initial assault carrying elements of these two units:
Left to Right:
504th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR)– no hallmark – I am assuming this is a post war veterans or collectors DUI, as it exactly matches the style of the known end of war ‘Boots’ 504th patch, rather than the hyper rare during war chenille patch.
307th Airborne Engineer Battalion (AEB)– hallmarked A.H.Dondero.Inc Wash DC (incised) – this DUI is chrome plated, while the enamel is translucent to show the pebbling texture underneath so typical of WWII DUI. The hallmarking also appears to match the hallmarking of the 101st Airborne’s 377th PFAB DUI, which is well known to be of during war manufacture.
I would welcome knowledge or comments as to whether these DUI are of WWII manufacture or otherwise.