Jump Into Hell: German Paratroopers in World War II

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Stackpole Books, 2010 - History - 355 pages
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  • First time in English
  • Action-adventure narrative about elite German airborne troops
  • Covers recruitment, organization, training, and combat on all fronts

    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.

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    Contents

    Chapter 1 From Paratroopers to Airborne Forces the Buildup 1
    1
    Chapter 2 Paratroopers at War 16
    16
    Chapter 3 Put to the Test 28
    28
    Chapter 4 Between the Campaign in the West and Crete 62
    62
    Chapter 5 Hell was a Place Called Crete 73
    73
    Chapter 6 Paratroopers in the Soviet Union 188
    188
    Chapter 7 Rebuiding the Airborne Corps 213
    213
    Chapter 8 Sicily and Italy 248
    248
    Chapter 9 The End in the West 296
    296
    Rank Comparisons 348
    348
    Select Bibliography 349
    349
    Acknowledgments 352
    352
    Index 353
    353
    Back Cover
    363
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    About the author (2010)

    Franz Kurowski served as a reporter in the German Army during World War II and has since written over one hundred books. He lives in Germany.

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