Passing Through - The 82nd Airborne Division in Northern Ireland 1943-44, by John P McCann
Published by Colourpoint in 2005, 128 pages. Softback (N5797)
From the rear side cover: On 9 December 1943 the first men of the United States 82nd Airborne Division set foot on Northern Irish soil. By the end of that day 12,000 of them had been disembarked from their ships and were being transported to camps throughout the Province. By March the following year, however, they had all moved on again, to England and something bigger - the final preparations for the invasion of Europe.
As a child growing up in the small County Derry town of Castledawson, John McCann uncovered many 'treasures' in the family garden - an occasional tin can, the odd leather boot, an embossed button, a large buckle, the odd glass bottle, a few cooking pots of various sizes and bullets, yes bullets! These discoveries led him, in later years, to question their source and this book is the result of that questioning and four years hard research.
In these pages John looks not just at the 82nd's short stay in Northern Ireland but also its service in North Africa, Sicily and Italy and later the missions in France, Holland, Belgium and Germany beginning with D-Day on 6 June 1944, all told using the reminiscences of the men who proudly served with the 82nd Airborne Division.
The condition of the book is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Their is an old price printed and a small price sticker on the rear side cover.