327th INFANTRY – Photos – World War II

“THE 101ST HAS NO HISTORY BUT IT HAS A RENDEZVOUS WITH DESTINY”

MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM C. LEE
August 15, 1942

…. From this day to the ending of the world, but we in it shall be remembered — We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.

Shakespeare

Ike and the 101st – General Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the order of the Day. “Full victory-nothing else” to paratroopers in England, just before they board their airplanes to parti-cipate in the first assault in the invasion of the continent of Europe.  D-Day, June 6, 1944.

In the largest use of airborne troops up to that time. Paratroop elements of the 82d and 101st Divisions, comprising 6 regiments, with the normal complement of parachute field artillery and engineers, num-bering more than 13,000 men were dropped on D-Day.

GLIDER LANDINGS met with varying success. Some of the gliders landed in enemy-held territory; others, like the WACO above, crash-landed.

The larger HORSA glider, above, come to a halt against a hedgerow, bordering the small Normandy field.

4,000 men, consisting of glider infantry with supporting weapons and medical and signal units, arrived in 500 gliders later on D Day and on D plus 1 to reinforce the paratroops.

Members of the 101st with the Dutch Resistance.

The 101st Airborne Division moving through the streets of Bastogne enroute to launch a counter attack against the Germans.

101st Airborne Pathfinders Bastogne – The pathfinder unit of the 101st Airborne Division, dropped by parachute, sets up radar equipment near Bastogne, Belgium.
It is their job to guide planes with supplies and ammunition to the ‘Screaming Eagles’ division, besieged by the Germans. 1944.

Winter Fritz – A German soldier, heavily armed, carries ammunition boxes forward with fellow soldiers in territory taken by their counter-offensive. This unknown German soldier has come to be a symbol of the determination and the desperation of the German army in the closing days of World War Two. Belgium, December 1944.

Glider borne howitzers played a vital role  in the defense of Bastogne.

Gravesite of Joseph G. Kuchinskas
327th Glider Infantry, 101st Abn Div
KIA 9 Oct, 1944.  Cared for by Jeroen  Aarsen of  The Netherlands.

The American Cemetary at Margraten,
The Netherlands. Final resting place of  Joseph G, Kuchinskas