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The 101st Airborne Division
 
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The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) was activated on August. 15, 1942. On August 19, 1942, Maj. Gen. William C. Lee, promised his new recruits that the 101st has no history, but it has a "Rendezvous with destiny." On D-Day prior to the major invasion, the objective of the 101st Airborne, commanded by Major General Maxwell Taylor, was to seize the inland sides of the four causeways leading from Utah Beach in order to allow the 4th Infantry Division to exit the beach during the dawn invasion.
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The 82nd Airborne Division
 
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The 82nd Division was activated at Camp Gordon, Georgia, on 25 August 1917. As the Division filled, it was discovered there were soldiers from every state. Through a popular contest, the nickname "All American" was chosen to reflect the unique composition of the 82nd. Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 brought the United States to war again. The 82nd Infantry Division was called to active duty on 25 March 1942 with Major General Omar Bradley as commander and Brigadier General Matthew Ridgway as assistant commander. The mission of the 82nd Division on June 6th, was to seize the town of St. Mere Eglise and crossings over the Merderet River. By dawn, the 505th had secured St. Mere Eglise and a bridge over the Merderet at La Fiere.
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The British Parachute Infantry Regiment
 
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Britain’s first airborne assault took place in 1941, when the Paras introduced themselves to the enemy by jumping into Italy and blowing up an aqueduct in a daring raid named Operation Colossus. On June 6th 1944, Airborne troops led the D-Day landings in a combined parachute and glider assault, to throw a net of protection around the Normandy beaches, where a massive invasion force would sweep ashore and advance into Europe. Among their initial objectives, the British airborne units were to destroy a German gun battery threatening the seaborne troops, and protect the left flank of the invaion by seizing strategic points, which were meant to prevent the enemy from reaching the beaches.
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The 29th Infantry Division
 
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In 1917, the First, Second, and Fourth Virginia Regiments were combined to form the 116th Infantry Regiment of the newly formed 29th (Blue and Gray) Infantry Division. The Blue and Gray Division was formed at Camp McClellan, Alabama, and was composed of National Guard units from Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia. During the invasion on June 6th the 29th Infantry Division, would land on OMAHA Beach near the town of Vierville-sur-Mer. With a foothold secure in Normandy, V Corps would expand the beachhead to the south while VII Corps cut across the Contentin Peninsula to continue and capture Cherbourg.
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