Hitler's Paratroopers in Normandy: The German II Parachute Corps in the Battle for France, 1944

Hitler's Paratroopers in Normandy: The German II Parachute Corps in the Battle for France, 1944

by Gilberto Villahermosa

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Overview

In June 1944, Allied forces fighting desperately to establish a foothold in Normandy and then breakout of the confining bocage found themselves opposed by a bewildering array of formations of the German Wehrmacht. Among them were the newly formed German II Parachute Corps.

This gripping new account examines the exploits of Germany's II Parachute Corps and its commander, Eugen Meindl from the Allied invasion on 6 June to the end of August 1944. Meindl was the epitome of the senior German airborne commander in the Second World War. Tough, experienced, and aggressive, he cared deeply for his troops. His Parachute Corps fought stubbornly for three weeks, before being forced to fall back.

Trapped along with the bulk of the German Seventh Army in the Falaise pocket, Meindl and his paratroopers maintained their discipline and were selected by the Commander in Chief of OB West to lead the German breakout to the east. That they managed to do so, despite suffering grievous losses, while so many around them died or surrendered, is a testament to their dedication and fighting ability. Theirs is a story that deserves to be told.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848327719
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 09/04/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 582,657
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

COLONEL (RETIRED) GILBERTO VILAHERMOSA is an Army Master Parachutist, Strategist, and Military Historian. He holds Masters Degrees from Columbia University and has authored several books, including Hitler's Paratrooper: The Life and Battles of Rudolph Witzig.

Table of Contents

Introduction vi

Foreword: 'Fierce but Fair' xvii

Acknowledgements xxvii

List of Maps xxix

Chapter 1 Hitler's Paratroopers in Normandy 1

Chapter 2 Meindl's Paratroopers on D-Day 39

Chapter 3 6th Parachute Regiment at St-Côme-du-Mont 71

Chapter 4 6th Parachute Regiment at Carentan 91

Chapter 5 3rd Parachute Division at Hill 192 116

Chapter 6 5th Parachute Division at Hill 122 and Mont-Castre 138

Chapter 7 3rd Parachute Division at St-Lô 161

Chapter 8 6th Parachute Regiment at Sainteny and Sèves Island 182

Chapter 9 2nd Parachute Division at Brest 203

Chapter 10 From Cobra to Falaise and Germany 230

Conclusion 258

Appendix A German - Allied Rank Equivalents 277

Appendix B German Parachute Formations in Normandy 1944 278

Appendix C Strength of German Airborne Formations at Normandy Beginning of June 1944 (Approximate) 279

Bibliography 280

Index 291

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