The Fall of Eben Emael: The Daring Airborne Assault that Sealed the Fate of France: May 1940

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Designed to delay a German invasion long enough for Belgium and France to mobilize their defending forces, Eben Emael was the linch-pin upon which rested the vaunted Maginot Line. The fortress fell to a seventy-seven-man force of glider-borne German paratroops in barely more than a day (twenty-eight hours). The daring aerial assault on Eben Emael is one of the most spectacularly successful special operations in history.
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Designed to delay a German invasion long enough for Belgium and France to mobilize their defending forces, Eben Emael was the linch-pin upon which rested the vaunted Maginot Line. The fortress fell to a seventy-seven-man force of glider-borne German paratroops in barely more than a day (twenty-eight hours). The daring aerial assault on Eben Emael is one of the most spectacularly successful special operations in history.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780891416647
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/1/1998
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 11
Introduction 13
Chronology 15
Glossary 17
1 Belgium's Geographic Dilemma 19
2 The Impregnable Fortress 25
3 A Matter of Utmost Urgency 33
4 Forging the Spearhead 39
5 Sharpening the Edges 61
6 Witzig's Mishap 71
7 L'Alerte! 77
8 Opening the Road to Dunkirk 87
9 Where is Witzig? 109
10 The Defenders Take Stock 117
11 Counter-attack! 123
12 The Glidermen Take Control 135
13 'P' Meier's Private War 141
14 The Blitzkrieg Catches Up 147
15 Surrender 161
16 Hitler's Military Genius 167
17 Epilogue 173
Appendix I Weapons and Explosives Carried by Assault Force Granite 179
Appendix II Organisation of Assault Force Granite 180
Appendix III DFS 230 Assault Glider 181
Bibliography 183
Index 185
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2003

    Assumptions of invulnerability

    A very detailed account of the attack of Ft Eben Emael at the onset of WWII. Information is provided in exquisite detail, which does lead the reader to question the accuracy of it all. Of concern is that the author even states from the unset that other books have been written on the subject, but they were ¿rifle with inaccuracies¿. Should we just assume then that this account is accurate? The accounts of actual members of Task Force Granite lend more weight to the text, though I still feel that after so many years there may be some issues that are unintentionally altered. In all, well worth the reading. The mistakes of the Belgians is applicable in today¿s social climate and is an easy mistake for a military force. Forethought and imaginative thinking can mean the difference between success, holdout or just plain defeat.

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