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Fallschirmjäger: German Paratroopers - 1937–1941 (Paperback)

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WWII German Forces & Weaponry in WWII WWII Photographic Books Military

By François Cochet
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 111
ISBN: 9781526740663
Published: 4th February 2019

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As elite troops, the German Fallschirmjäger (paratroopers) were regularly engaged in front line combat during the Second World War. Their famed actions such as the fighting in Scandinavia, the taking of the Belgian fortress Eden-Emal in May 1940, and the Battle of Crete just a year later, have given them the reputation of being determined, courageous and loyal soldiers.

This book covers the early years of the Fallschirmtruppen (paratroop units) before the beginning of the war, until the height of their successes in 1941 in the Battle of Crete, after which the Fallschirmjäger were more often deployed in a more 'traditional' way, even though high-risk actions (such as at Monte Cassino, the Gran Sasso Raid) allowed them to reconnect once more with their glorious past.

Very interesting documentation.

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A Question Of Scale, Seb Palmer

The very popular Images of War series has established a format with a large number of rare photographs in each book and clear concise text supporting the photographic selection. This new addition follows the proven format to provide a graphic history and analysis of German paratroopers in WWII. - Highly Recommended

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Firetrench

It begins with some wonderful photographs of their pre-war training, demonstrating the various stages of their jumping techniques, and throughout provides clear views of uniforms and equipment, including the contents of supply containers. The subsequent chapters describe their minor role in the Polish campaign and spectacular success in Norway and the Low Countries, followed by training for the aborted invasion of Britain. A large part of the book is dedicated to the Greek campaign, including the capture of the bridge over the Corinth Canal and the victorious disaster that was the invasion of Crete, with a superb collection of photographs illustrating the landings and subsequent fighting there. Crete effectively spelt the end of the Fallschirmjager as a raiding force, and the final pages of the book dwell on their involvement in the first year of the Russian campaign and their conversion into a more conventional elite infantry formation.

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Pegasus Archive

Some excellent photos, with informative captions, and illustrating plenty of detail on uniforms and equipment which modellers will like, and combat records that will interest the historian of airborne forces in WW2.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

If you are interested in the prewar Fallschirmjägers and Crete this book may be of interest.

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Amazon Customer, Lars Gyllenhaal

A great starting point to get to know the Fallschirmjäger!

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Old Barbed Wire Blog

A great book.

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About François Cochet

François Cochet is a Belgian author whose main interest lies in the battles of the Second World War. Over the last 80 years he has met and interviewed many German ex-soldiers of the Wehrmacht and collected various memorabilia and documents. He enjoys helping others research this particular period, and this is his second image-based book. He currently lives in Flanders.

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