The Bad Ass Files: Joseph Beyrle – 101st Airborne, US Army

WWII SOLDIER CAPTURED AND ESCAPED 7 TIMES, REPORTED DEAD, LATER DECORATED BY TWO ARMIES

 

Billy bad ass is right.

The 101st Airborne Troopers that assisted the SOE and OSS Units providing arms and intel to the French resistance were part of the Jedburgh units.

My God this dude was a modern day Leonidas!

101st Airborne Assumes Command in Iraq

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After casing its colors two weeks ago at Fort Campbell to mark its deployment to Iraq, the 101st Airborne Division has officially assumed command of forces in the country.

In a transfer-of-authority ceremony Tuesday in Baghdad, the 82nd Airborne Division relinquished command to Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, commanding general of the 101st, and the rest of the division headquarters.

Since Volesky’s arrival in the country, he has toured different sites and cities around Iraq to get a better understanding of the level of operations in the fight against the Islamic State.

After retaking Ramadi last year, the U.S.-led coalition forces have been training and advising the Iraqi security forces to continue to force IS out of cities such as its stronghold in Mosul, according to defense officials.

According to a report from the Associated Press, the fight to take back Mosul could be months away.

Read the Remainder at The Leaf Chronicle

Military History: 6 Rare Facts about the Battle of the Bulge

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The Battle of the Bulge was a Hail Mary pass by a führer who was quickly running out of options. Hitler desperately needed a decisive victory on either his Western or Eastern front. Remembering his series of victories after sneaking through the Ardennes forest in 1940, he went for a repeat in 1944.

On Dec. 16, 200,000 German troops and 1,000 tanks slammed into 80,000 Allied troops. Here are six things most people don’t know about what happened next.

  1. Over 1 million men were involved in the battle.

66=699-49 Pfc M.L. Dickens, East Omaha, Nebraska, Pvt Sunny Sundquist, Bremerton, Washington, Sgt Francis H. McCann, Middleton, Conn., of the 101st Airborne Division near Bastogne, Belgium, set out to rejoin their unit. Janaury 11, 1945

The fighting started with an assault by 200,000 Germans against 80,000 Allied troops. But, as Patton’s Third Army swung north to hit the German flank and other Allied units rushed to the aid of the defenders, 600,000 Allied soldiers pushed back the German force that grew to 500,000 men.

Read the Remainder at Real Clear Defense