The Last Drop

Overview

  • First full-length history of the largest and most successful airborne offensive ever
  • Scores of eyewitness accounts from paratroopers, glidermen, pilots, and infantrymen plus details on planes, gliders, and equipment
  • Recounts the actions for which participants won two Medals of Honor, a Victoria Cross, and a Conspicuous Gallantry Medal

Operation Varsity was the last major airborne offensive of World War II. ...

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Overview

  • First full-length history of the largest and most successful airborne offensive ever
  • Scores of eyewitness accounts from paratroopers, glidermen, pilots, and infantrymen plus details on planes, gliders, and equipment
  • Recounts the actions for which participants won two Medals of Honor, a Victoria Cross, and a Conspicuous Gallantry Medal

Operation Varsity was the last major airborne offensive of World War II. Conducted primarily by the British 6th Airborne and American 17th Airborne Divisions, and including Canadian elements, the goal of Varsity was to cross the Rhine River and gain a foothold for the final Allied drive into Germany. Drawing on war diaries, unit histories, after-action reports, and interviews with veterans, The Last Drop details the horrors of parachuting through flak-filled skies, the dangers of piloting a glider safely to the ground, and the struggles of infantry combat, and shows how thorough training, extensive planning, solid execution, and sheer guts combined to make Operation Varsity a stunning victory.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811703109
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 2/10/2008
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen L. Wright is co-author of One Night in June (978-1-8403-7183-3).
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Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
The British 6th and U.S. 17th Airborne Divisions     1
Planning for Varsity     13
Training     23
Final Preparations     41
Takeoff     53
The 6th Airborne Lands     77
Securing the British Sector     135
The 17th Airborne Lands     213
Securing the American Sector     243
The Second Day     273
Epilogue     287
Resupply     291
Orders of Battle     295
Divisional Orders     297
Aircraft Specifications     299
Air Movement Tables     303
Bibliography     311
Index     315
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