Operation Market Garden with Signed Data Plate by "Band of Brothers" Wild Bill Guarnere

CCWB101
$189.95
Operation Market Garden with Signed Data Plate by "Band of Brothers" Wild Bill Guarnere
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Operation Market Garden with Signed Data Plate by "Band of Brothers" Wild Bill Guarnere

CCWB101

$189.95

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Operation Market Garden was an Allied military operation, fought in the Netherlands and Germany in World War II on September 17-25, 1944. It was the largest airborne operation up to that time. The objective of the Operation was to secure bridges across the rivers in Holland so that the Allied army could advance rapidly northwards and turn right into the lowlands of Germany, hereby skirting around the Siegfried line, the German defense line. If all carried out as planned it should have ended the war by Christmas 1944. 

The 101st Airborne was assigned five bridges just north of the German defensive lines northwest of Eindhoven. The parachute drop was in daylight resulting in well targeted and controlled drops into the designated drop zones. The 101st captured all but one bridge, the one at Son, which was destroyed with explosives by the German defenders as the airborne units approached the bridge. This mounted data plate was personally signed by William "Wild Bill" Guarnere, an original member of the "E" Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne Division, the most famous company in the American WWII history. 

Guarnere received the Silver Star for combat during the Brecourt Manor Assault on D-Day, and was later decorated with two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts, making him one of only two Easy Company members to be awarded the Silver Star throughout the duration of the war while a member of Easy Company. 

Certificate of Authenticity included for the veteran signature.