73 YEARS AGO: 82nd Airborne at WWII Battle of the Bulge Robert Warner Schubert St Binghamton NY Was There, Hell of Way to Spend Christmas.
Sunday, December 17, 2017
73 YEARS AGO TODAY 82nd Airborne at WWII Battle of the Bulge, Robert Warner from Schubert St Binghamton NY was there: On 17 December 1944 the entire 82nd Airborne was thrust into Ardennes Forest in the largest battle of World War II – The Battle of the Bulge.
On December 16, 1944, the Germans launched a surprise offensive through the Ardennes Forest which caught the Allies completely by surprise. The 82nd moved into action on December 17th. Hell of way to spend Christmas.
Robert F. Warner is a member of a very select fraternity. Robert F. Warner was a 20 year old volunteer for the 507th paratroops, the 82nd Airborne ‘All-American’ Division, he survived three combat jumps during WWII in Europe from 1944 to 1945 and fought hand to hand combat in the Battle of the Bulge. Even among elite paratroopers, such an achievement is noteworthy. Robert F. Warner, 3rd Battalion 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Company G, was a proud veteran of the 82nd Airborne till the day he died.
The 82nd Airborne during World War II Campaigns – Ardennes-Alsace: At about 1930 hours on the night of 17 December 1944, General Gavin received a call from Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces (SHAEF) that the enemy had broken through into Belgium and Luxembourg with a powerful thrust launched south of Aachen. Since the airborne divisions were located at Camp Suippes and Sissone, France, they were the closest reinforcements available.
Immediately after being alerted, the 82nd went into a frenzy of packing and preparation for combat. “A” and “B” bags were packed and stored, combat shortages filled, ammunition and rations drawn. Dawn of the 18th found the division a little short on sleep, but in every other sense, fully equipped and ready for combat. Big trailer-trucks had roared into the area during the night and were waiting to take the paratroopers to the scene of the breakthrough. Most men were grouchy and in no mood to go back into action. They had just begun to relax from the Holland mission. However, with remarks such as, “Well, I’d rather go into these things than in a damn C-47 and “Why aren’t they making us walk – it’s only 200 miles”, they resigned themselves to their fate.
82nd Airborne Paratrooper Robert F. Warner Made Three Combat Jumps in World War II and Fought at the Battle of the Bulge with his 507th Airborne Division. Paratrooper Robert Warner of the 82nd Airborne Division, 3rd Battalion Company G, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) made 3 combat parachute drops, Normandy “Operation Neptune” June 6th 1944, Netherlands “Operation Market Garden” Ardennes which led into the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes Forest and the final combat jump Rhineland “Operation Varsity” at the wars end on March 24th 1945 when he was wounded in combat. Robert F. Warner 507th PIR Company G received the Purple Heart for his injuries on March 24th 1945, see the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor website, click here.
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