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101st Airborne: The Screaming Eagles at Normandy by Mark Bando

By Mark Bando

A minute-by-minute and daily account of the elite one hundred and first Airborne’s bold parachute touchdown at the back of enemy traces at Normandy is observed by way of firsthand debts from Airborne veterans and 40 extraordinary, formerly unknown (let on my own released) colour pictures of the “Screaming Eagles” at Normandy and in nice Britain ahead of the invasion. Accompanying those notable D-Day colour Kodachromes—which have been unearthed within the attic of a military doctor’s daughter—are greater than hundred black-and-white images from a hundred and first survivors and the author’s personal inner most assortment. this is often an extraordinary examine an elite scuffling with strength in the course of one of many final century’s most vital moments.

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Along with others in SDS, I was reading the works of Australian journalist Wilfred Burchett, who described how the United States had assumed France’s colonial role; how we had placed a handpicked dictator, Diem, in power and kept him there with massive bombing from the air and an enormous repressive puppet army. ” The American strategy was to dry up the ocean— that is, remove the peasants from the countryside. S. military used a host of brutal tactics, ranging from herding people into guarded concentration camps called “strategic hamlets” to destroying peasants’ crops with herbicides like Agent Orange to simply murdering them and destroying their villages with B-52 carpet bombing or artillery fire.

Wandering around Harlem most of the night, we watched people loot TVs and stereos from appliance stores, face down lines of beleaguered cops, set up improvised barricades of garbage cans to block the fire engines. ” seemed to be the message. Along the way, many concerned black people warned us that it wasn’t safe for whites on the street, yet we were never once threatened. Strangely, we saw an anarchic joy of release in some people’s faces, mixed with the rage. Others were standing around crying, while still others were “dancing in the streets,” as Martha & the Vandellas sang.

I was sitting near the front of the audience, dressed in a jacket and tie. Just as Vice President David Truman was about to deliver his eulogy, I walked up to the podium, trembling inside with fear, and stepped in front of him. I grabbed the microphone and forced myself to begin speaking in a quiet, steady voice, “Dr. Truman and President Kirk are committing a moral outrage against the memory of Dr. ” The PA system went dead. I continued anyway. ” I asked. “How can these people praise a man who fought for human dignity when they steal land from the people of Harlem?

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