Hitler's Paratrooper: The Life and Battles of Rudolf Witzig by Gilberto Vilhermosa, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Hitler's Paratrooper: The Life and Battles of Rudolf Witzig

Hitler's Paratrooper: The Life and Battles of Rudolf Witzig

by Gilberto Vilhermosa
     
 

Rudolf Witzig was the quintessential first-generation Fallschirmjäger. He was an elite soldier within an elite, extremely tight-knit brotherhood. Witzig participated in two of the greatest airborne operations in military history - Eben Emael and Crete - and became a legendary figure. He experienced the conflict from its first triumphant days, as the Wehrmacht

Overview

Rudolf Witzig was the quintessential first-generation Fallschirmjäger. He was an elite soldier within an elite, extremely tight-knit brotherhood. Witzig participated in two of the greatest airborne operations in military history - Eben Emael and Crete - and became a legendary figure. He experienced the conflict from its first triumphant days, as the Wehrmacht swept across Poland, France, the Soviet Union, and North Africa, through to its last agonising weeks, as some 200 Allied divisions converged on the shattered remnants of Hitler's Third Reich. He marched and fought across the breadth and depth of the war, from Poland to Crete and from North Africa to Lithuania and witnessed the decimation or complete destruction of three of his much-loved battalions. And yet he never broke faith with his oath to Hitler and Third Reich - though he was never a member of the Nazi Party - defending tenaciously and counterattacking fiercely until the very last days of the war.

Remarkably, very little has been written about him as an individual. This biography, completed with the support of Witzig's widow and son, is a comprehensive history of the man and also provides important new detail on the German parachute arm that he served.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848325593
Publisher:
Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date:
12/14/2010
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,163,403
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >