- 26 blocks
- Includes 3 figures: Two 101st Airborne Division soldiers, One 82nd Airborne Division soldier
- Compatible with other leading brands of construction blocks
- Made in Europe
- Recommended Ages: 5 and Up
- Part of COBI Historical Collection: World War II series
The set includes 3 COBI figures, two 101st Airborne Division soldiers, one 82nd Airborne Division soldier along with one Thompson submachine gun, one M1 carbine, and one M3 “grease gun.”
The 101st Airborne Division, the ‘Screaming Eagles,’ are one of the most recognizable units in U.S. Army. Made famous in no small part to late historian Stephen Ambrose’s best-seller, Band of Brothers, and the highly successful HBO series that followed.
The unit is still active today. It was activated in 1942 at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana. General Order No. 5, which created the 101st Airborne, stated that while the unit “has no history,” it “has a rendezvous with destiny.”
Its emblem, an American bald eagle is in fact, based upon Wisconsin’s very own Old Abe, the famous Civil War mascot for the 8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
On D-Day, June 6, 1944, 101st Airborne soldiers were dropped into France. Indeed, they were the first Allied soldiers to breach Hitler’s Fortress Europa, on what would be one of the most consequential days in world history.
The 101st Airborne would also lead the way during Operation Market Garden on September 17, 1944. Just months later, the 101st again saw action during the Battle of the Bulge, depicted in one of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum’s permanent exhibits. The 101st Airborne would go on to take the fight to the heart of Germany, through the Ruhr valley. Along the way they liberated Landsberg concentration camp and captured the famed Nazi retreat high up in the Alps, the Kehlsteinhaus (the Eagle’s nest).
Wisconsin was there…
Joseph D. Reilly, from Janesville, Wisconsin served in the 101st Airborne Division during the Second World War. Incredibly, his first into battle was on D-Day. After the War, Reilly and his new bride, Eileen Campbell would return to Janesville. The Wisconsin Veterans Museum proudly houses a collection of papers and photographs from Reilly’s time in the Service. To learn more, click the following link: Joseph D. Reilly collection WVM Mss 1532
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