By James Megellas
In mid-1943 James Megellas, referred to as “Maggie” to his fellow paratroopers, joined the 82d Airborne department, his new “home” for the period. His first style of strive against used to be within the rugged mountains outdoor Naples.
In October 1943, whilst many of the 82d departed Italy to arrange for the D-Day invasion of France, Lt. Gen. Mark Clark, the 5th military commander, asked that the division’s 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Maggie’s outfit, remain in the back of for a bold new operation that will outflank the Nazis’ obdurate protective strains and open the line to Rome. On 22 January 1944, Megellas and the remainder of the 504th landed around the seashore at Anzio. Following preliminary luck, 5th Army’s amphibious attack, Operation Shingle, slowed down within the face of heavy German counterattacks that threatened to force the Allies into the Tyrrhenian Sea. Anzio become a fiasco, one of many bloodiest Allied operations of the conflict. now not till April have been the remnants of the regiment withdrawn and shipped to England to recuperate, reorganize, refit, and educate for his or her subsequent mission.
In September, Megellas parachuted into Holland in addition to the remainder of the 82d Airborne as a part of one other star-crossed venture, box Marshal Montgomery’s vainglorious Operation marketplace backyard. Months of challenging strive against in Holland have been by means of the conflict of the Bulge, and the lengthy tough highway throughout Germany to Berlin.
Megellas used to be the main adorned officer of the 82d Airborne department and observed extra motion through the conflict than such a lot. but All tips on how to Berlin is greater than simply Maggie’s international warfare II memoir. all through his narrative, he skillfully interweaves tales of the opposite paratroopers of H corporation, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. the result's a striking account of guys at battle.
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Extra resources for All the Way to Berlin: A Paratrooper at War in Europe
In the process I could tell it as it actually was, and let the chips fall where they may. I have not contrived or concocted any of the experiences or opinions related in the book. What I have written in all instances is a true and accurate reflection of what I saw and felt at the time and frequently expressed in letters I wrote home. All the barbs, arrow stings, and piques are exclusively mine, and they are as valid today as they were fifty-five years ago. Introduction After the victory parade in New York City in January 1946, I left the army and the 82d Airborne Division and returned to private life in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, where I had entered military service in 1942.
The board took it back to Washington, and I was told I would be hearing from the adjutant general. I expected my orders momentarily. But much to my consternation, I learned that the Washington bureaucracy does not move that fast. I continued to bide my time at Lubbock AFS. On 1 April I wrote to my brother Louis: “I still don’t know what’s going to happen to me. I’ve written two letters to Washington volunteering for the paratroopers, but I haven’t had an answer yet. There’s a lot of red tape in the Army and it generally takes quite a while for anything to come through Washington.
Reading them brought me back to the days when I was a combat platoon leader called “Maggie” by my peers. It was as if I were looking in a mirror. Mail censorship restricted what I was permitted to write concerning units, places, dates, et cetera, but I was able to make personal observations and comments on some of the most notable battles in which I’d been involved. These letters have been an important source of information to which I refer frequently in the book. I consider letters written shortly after the heat of battle to be the most authentic record of disputed issues, such as the number of enemy killed in battle.
All the Way to Berlin: A Paratrooper at War in Europe by James Megellas