German Paratroopers

German Paratroopers : The illustrated history of the Fallschirmjager in WWII

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German Paratroopers focuses on the actions of German airborne forces during World War II. It describes the battles over the Low Countries in 1940, the seizure of Crete in 1941, fighting on the Eastern Front and in later in Italy - most famously at the battle for Monte Cassino in 1944. Drawing together rare images of German paras in the war, the book presents a unique examination of the German airborne soldier in World War II. German Paratroopers also includes chapters on the recruitment and training for this elite corps, and the specialist equipment that was devised for the Third Reich's airborne troops.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 190 x 257 x 10.16mm | 522g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrated
  • Illustrated
  • 250 b&w photos; 250 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1782749519
  • 9781782749516
  • 1,727,737

Table of contents

Chapter One: The Birth of the Eagles
Why Nazi Germany developed an airborne corps; its role in the Blitzkrieg.

Chapter Two: Recruitment and Training
This chapter looks at airborne training and what type of man made a para.

Chapter Three: Vindication
The West Campaign in 1940; the paras take Eben Emael.

Chapter Four: Crete
The 7th Airborne Division takes Crete in a costly action.

Chapter Five: Africa
The paras in Tunisia, fighting as foot soldiers

Chapter Six: the Eastern Front
The paras on the Eastern Front, fighting as foot soldiers

Chapter Seven: Italy
Paras fighting in Italy and in the Aegean and at Monte Cassino in 1944.

Chapter Eight: The West, 1944
Paras in action in northwest Europe 1944-45.

Chapter Nine: Specialist Operations
The rescue of Mussolini at Gran Sasso and other specialist para actions.

Chapter Ten: Equipment
The specialist weapons and equipment developed for the German paras.

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About Chris McNab

Chris McNab is a wilderness expert, military specialist and author of over 20 survival publications, including How to Survive Anything, Anywhere, Living off the Land, and SAS Training Manual: Endurance Techniques. He holds a PhD from the University of Wales and lives in south Wales, UK.
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