German Airborne Divisions: Blitzkrieg 1940-41

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The German Army of World War II was the first to fully realise the benefits of using airborne troops alongside armoured formations. German Airborne Divisions became an integral part of the blitzkrieg operations that overran much of Western Europe during 1940 and 1941, from the historic raid on the Belgian fortress of Eben-Emael to the pyrrhic victory over British and Commonwealth forces on the island of Crete. This title looks at the creation, evolution, and early operational deployment of the German airborne ...

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Overview

The German Army of World War II was the first to fully realise the benefits of using airborne troops alongside armoured formations. German Airborne Divisions became an integral part of the blitzkrieg operations that overran much of Western Europe during 1940 and 1941, from the historic raid on the Belgian fortress of Eben-Emael to the pyrrhic victory over British and Commonwealth forces on the island of Crete. This title looks at the creation, evolution, and early operational deployment of the German airborne forces (‘Fallschirmtruppe’), through highly detailed orders of battle, TOEs and examinations of crucial aspects such as doctrine, training, command and control, and the concept of vertical envelopment.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781841765716
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Series: Battle Orders Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 7.29 (w) x 9.77 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Quarrie graduated with honours from Cambridge University in 1968 and started work as a journalist with the Financial Times. He wrote his first book, on wargaming, in 1974. Bruce's principal interest was in World War II, and his definitive Encyclopedia of the German Army was even translated and published in German. Bruce passed away on 4 September 2004.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 4
Combat mission 7
Preparation for war: doctrine and training 10
Command, control, communications and intelligence (C31) 13
Command
Control
Communications
Intelligence
Unit organisation (1): 22 Infanterie Division (Luftlande) 23
Introduction
Postscript
Unit organisation (2): 7 Flieger Division and Luftlande-Sturm Regiment 46
From Polizei to Fallschirmjager
Reorganisation and war Vindication: Belgium and Holland
Maturity and nemesis: Crete
Tactics 66
Waalhaven and Rotterdam
Dordrecht and Moerdijk Veldwezelt, Vroenhoven, Canne and Eben Emael
Korinthos
Maleme
Weapons and equipment 79
Lessons learned 88
Glossary 89
Bibliography 93
Appendices 94
Index 95
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