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As a crucial part of the blitzkrieg that swept across Western Europe in the spring of 1940, German paratroopers made combat drops in Denmark and Norway and then won a brilliant victory in their assault on the Belgian fortress of Eben-Emael. Their most famous airborne operation came in Crete in 1941 when they captured the island but with such high casualties that Hitler would not allow another major drop. Also organized as motorized infantry for ground attacks, the paratroopers saw action at Monte Cassino in Italy, in Normandy, and on the Eastern Front.First time in English Action-adventure narrative about elite German airborne troops Covers recruitment, organization, training, and combat on all fronts
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 From Paratroopers to Airborne Forces, the Buildup 1
Chapter 2 Paratroopers at War 1
Chapter 3 Put to the Test 28
Chapter 4 Between the Campaign in the West and Crete 62
Chapter 5 Hell was a Place Called Crete 73
Chapter 6 Paratroopers in the Soviet Union 188
Chapter 7 Rebuiding the Airborne Corps 213
Chapter 8 Sicily and Italy 248
Chapter 9 The End in the West 296
Rank Comparisons 348
Select Bibliography 349