Jul 25th, 2017
World War II is coming to an end and the 82nd Airborne Division is making its final push into Germany. In this episode we discuss the closing days of the war, joining our All Americans in Rhiems, France where the deeply weathered Paratroopers receive replacements and equipment and begin training for a potential jump into Germany. During one of their training jumps, an aircraft malfunction leads to tragedy
Only days before the war's end, the All Americans discover one final horror of war: the Wobbelin Concentration Camp.
After Victory in Europe is declared, the Division remains in Berlin on occupation duty and struggles with post-war discipline. In spite of these problems, the 82nd fulfills a key piece in its legacy by forming an honor guard. In this epsiode we will debunk a common myth surrounding the development of the Division's title "America's Guard of Honor."
Finally, the All Americans come home with a flourish and are spared inactivation in a post-war Army.
The All American Legacy Podcast is produced by the 82nd Airborne Division Public Affairs Office. A new episode on the legacy, culture, and history of the 82nd Airborne Division is released every Tuesday.