“I’m the 82nd Airborne and this is as far as the bastards are going…”

The sword of St. Michael : the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II  Guy LoFaro  Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, c 2011  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing.      xiii, 746 p., [25] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG


The 82nd Airborne Division spent more time in combat than any other American airborne unit of World War II, and its fierce battlefield tenacity earned it the reputation of one of the finest divisions in the world. Yet no comprehensive history of the 82nd during World War II existed until The Sword of St. Michael corrected this significant gap in the literature, offering a lively narrative and thoroughly researched history of the famous division.


Author Guy LoFaro, himself a distinguished officer of the division, interweaves the voices of soldiers at both ends of the chain of command, from Eisenhower to the lowest private. Making extensive use of primary sources, LoFaro offers a work of insightful analysis, situating the division’s exploits in a strategic and operational context.


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