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Hitler's Sky Warriors: German Paratroopers in Action 1939-45

Hitler's Sky Warriors: German Paratroopers in Action 1939-45
Autor: Christopher Ailsby
Data publikacji: 2004-10
ISBN: 9781574882827
Wydawca: Brassey's US
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 27.8 x 20.7 x 1.3 cm
Oprawa: twarda
Liczba stron: 180
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Fills an important niche in the literature of World War II-- Features more than 200 photographs, many of them from private collections and previously unpublished-- Extensively researched and written by a leading expert on the armed forces of the Third ReichDrawing together hundreds of images, Hitler's Sky Warriors presents a unique examination of the German airborne soldier in World War II. Comprehensive and authoritative, it includes chapters on the fallschirmjager arm's recruitment and training, its specialized equipment, its operations in the Low Countries in 1940, its seizure of Crete in 1941, and its role as a ground combat force on the Eastern Front and in Italy. With biographical details on all the main parachute commanders, this exciting book is an extensive account of an elite formation of military history.

HITLER'S SKY WARRIORS is a very informative and well documented review of the Fallschirmjager (parachute hunters, literally) during the second world war. There are more than 250 excellent black and white photos with detailed descriptions about any peculiarities associated with them, such as uniform or weapons variations. This is one of the highlights of the book.
The exploits of these paratroopers are examined from their inception and training through all the major campaigns until their eventual demise in May 1945.
Where the book lets down, from my view, is not what it says, but what it excludes. It is a rather detached, textbook style approach to the subject matter. Many readers contemplating this book would be aware of much of the basic subject matter Mr. Ailsby (the author) rehashes. He goes to great lengths to describe which particular officer was commanding a particular element during a particular battle even at the platoon level.

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