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26 Jan 2018 9:19 a.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "The Forgoten 551st Parachute Battalion" to "The Forgotten 551st Parachute Battalion"

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2018 9:09 p.m. PST

"The 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion (551st PIB) was, for many years, a little-recognized airborne forces unit of the United States Army, raised during World War II, that fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Originally commissioned to take the French Caribbean island of Martinique, they were shipped instead to Western Europe. With an initial strength of 800 officers and enlisted men, the remaining 250 members of the Battalion were ordered on 7 January 1945 to attack the Belgian village of Rochelinval over open ground and without artillery support. During the successful assault the unit lost more than half its remaining men. The Battalion was inactivated on 27 January 1945 and the remaining 110 survivors were absorbed into the 82nd Airborne Division. Virtually nothing of the unit's history was known to the American public until the 1990s when renewed interest prompted its veterans to seek recognition for their costly success at Rochelinval. The battalion was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation in 2001 recognizing its accomplishment…."
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Soon… the movie…



Legion 426 Jan 2018 8:51 a.m. PST

AIRBORNE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP26 Jan 2018 9:13 a.m. PST

"Originally commissioned to take the French Caribbean island of Martinique" -- this would be an interesting "What-If" campaign.

Fred Cartwright26 Jan 2018 9:44 a.m. PST

Originally commissioned to take the French Caribbean island of Martinique" -- this would be an interesting "What-If" campaign.

And a nicer posting than the Ardennes, that's for sure!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 Jan 2018 10:18 a.m. PST



Fatman Inactive Member27 Jan 2018 4:40 a.m. PST

Fred Cartwright
I don't know there are no snakes and poisonous spiders in the Ardennes. I'd rather fight Germans! ;-)


Legion 427 Jan 2018 8:43 a.m. PST

That is the one thing about a very cold environment … no bugs or snakes !

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP27 Jan 2018 10:17 a.m. PST

Well…. seems there are…. (smile)




Legion 427 Jan 2018 3:12 p.m. PST

Glad I never ran into any then ! huh?

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