The Sword of St. Michael: The 82nd Airborne Division in World War II

Hardcover | August 19, 2015

byGuy LoFaro

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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 exists today. The Sword of St. Michaelcorrects 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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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 exists today. The Sword of St. Michaelcorrects this significan...

Guy LoFaro is an 82nd Airborne Division combat veteran and former West Point history professor. He lives in Atlanta.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:784 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 2.25 inPublished:August 19, 2015Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0306820234

ISBN - 13:9780306820236

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Kirkus Reviews, September 2011“A comprehensive history of the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II, from an officer of that famed unit…A tour de force for military historians and WWII buffs, and a lesson on the leadership skills required to effectively conceive and coordinate a mission.”Booklist Online, 9/27/11“An established military historian proffers a massive volume on the 82d Airborne Division in WWII…This tome is so massive that it holds material on everything from grand strategy to developments in tactics and equipment to the colorful personalities in which the airborne troops abounded. Military specialists are not the only ones likely to find this book absorbing and valuable.”Asbury Park Press, 10/23/11“[A] scholarly and really interesting account…Talk about detailed! The author…seems to know his stuff, and then some.” Tucson Citizen, 11/6/11“This book brings into sharp focus the struggles and triumphs of WWII’s most famous fighters.”