Original U.S. WWII 101st Airborne Class A Uniform Jacket
Original Item: Only one available. WWII 101st Airborne material are some of the hardest most collectible items on the market, due to the small number of paratroops that landed in combat in comparison to infantry soldiers.
This very nice condition WW2 Class A Uniform jacket worn by a member of the 101st Airborne who landed in Europe and fought during WW2.
Offered in nice condition in size 39, wonderful condition on all patches, ribbons and material, has a sterling silver Paratroper Jump Wings!
101st Airborne patch on left shoulder and 1st Allied Airboren patch on right shouldr. The Patches, ribbons, awards are as follows:
Bronze Star Ribbon
European, African, Middle East Campaign Ribbon (1 Battle Star)
Presidential Unit Citation
The 101st Airborne Division ("Screaming Eagles") is an elite modular specialized light infantry division of the United States Army trained for air assault operations. It is the most potent and the most tactically mobile of the U.S. Army's divisions.The 101st Airborne at a moment's notice is able to plan, coordinate, and execute brigade-size air assault operations capable of seizing key terrain in support of operational objectives. The 101st Airborne Division is capable of working in austere environments with limited or degraded infrastructure. Its unique battlefield mobility and high level of training have kept the 101st Airborne Division in the vanguard of America's land combat forces in recent conflicts.
The pathfinders of the 101st Airborne Division led the way on D-Day in the night drop prior to the invasion. These night drops caused a lot of trouble for the gliders. Many crashed and equipment and personnel were lost. They left from RAF North Witham having trained there with the 82nd Airborne Division.
The 101st Airborne Division's objectives were to secure the four causeway exits behind Utah Beach between St Martin-de-Varreville and Pouppeville to ensure the exit route for the 4th Infantry Division from the beach later that morning. The other objectives included destroying a German coastal artillery battery at Saint-Martin-de-Varreville, capturing buildings nearby at Mésières believed used as barracks and a command post for the artillery battery, capturing the Douve River lock at La Barquette (opposite Carentan), capturing two footbridges spanning the Douve at La Porte opposite Brévands, destroying the highway bridges over the Douve at Saint-Côme-du-Mont, and securing the Douve River valley. Their secondary mission was to protect the southern flank of VII Corps. They destroyed two bridges along the Carentan highway and a railroad bridge just west of it. They gained control of La Barquette locks, and established a bridgehead over Douve River which was located north-east of Carentan.
In the process units also disrupted German communications, established roadblocks to hamper the movement of German reinforcements, established a defensive line between the beachhead and Valognes, cleared the area of the drop zones to the unit boundary at Les Forges, and linked up with the 82nd Airborne Division.
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