Operation Knight's Move: German Airborne Raid Against Tito, 25 May 1944

Operation Knight's Move: German Airborne Raid Against Tito, 25 May 1944 : German Airborne Raid Against Tito, 25 May 1944

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This, the first of a new Studies in Battle series from Marine Corps University Press, is a study of the German Army's World War II airborne attempt to capture Yugoslavian leader Josip Broz -Marshal Tito.-With Unternehmen Rosselsprung (Operation Knight's Move), the late Yugoslav president's career might have been ended by the Germans on his 52d birthday, 25 May 1944. On that date, Axis forces executed an airborne raid on the Yugoslav Partisan high command at Drvar, Bosnia, that almost succeeded in eliminating Tito. Today, it provides an example of using light infantry in low-intensity or special operations, with unforeseen consequences similar to those experienced by others against irregular opponents.

The Studies in Battle series from Marine Corps University Press presents cases for analysis from across the military spectrum that have relevance for current operations and professional military education, particularly for junior leaders. The books also tell a good story that can be read with interest by all.

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  • Paperback | 79 pages
  • 216 x 279 x 6mm
  • United States
  • English
  • None, 2D Printing of First ed.
  • 0160911400
  • 9780160911408

About Charles D Melson

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Charles D. -Chuck- Melson is the chief historian for the U.S. Marine Corps, with the Marine Corps University at Quantico, Virginia. He is married with two children. He has been a history lecturer, museum director, consultant, and military officer. His education includes degrees in liberal arts from St. John's College, Annapolis, Maryland, and in history and fine arts from Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California. He has previously written on this subject and other aspects of World War II in Yugoslavia for the Journal of Slavic Military Studies.
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