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The 101st Airborne Division was activated August 16, 1942 at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana. Its first Commanding General, Major General William C. Lee, noted that the Division had no history, but that it had a "rendezvous with destiny" and that the new Division would be habitually called into action when the need was 'immediate and extreme". Throughout its 70-year history, the Division has amassed a proud record, in both war and peace, unmatched by any other unit.
On June 6th, 1944, the Screaming Eagles parachuted into the Contentin Peninsula becoming the first Allied Soldiers to set foot onto occupied France.
On Sept. 17, 1944, the Division jumped into The Netherlands spearheading Operation Market Garden. Holding a narrow 16-mile corridor through enemy-held territory, the Division fought against heavy odds for 72 days.
At the battle of Bastogne, the 101st Airborne Division were heavily outnumbered and were lacking in cold-weather gear, ammunition, food & medical supplies. When the Germans demanded their immediate surrender, Brigadier Anthony C. McAuliffe replied with "Nuts!"
The allies have taken a beating in the last few campaigns - its time for the 101st to turn this around and say 'Nuts' to the axis.
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