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German Airborne Divisions : Blitzkrieg 1940-41 - Bruce Quarrie

German Airborne Divisions

Blitzkrieg 1940-41

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The German Army of World War II was the first to fully realise the benefits of using airborne troops alongside armoured formations. German Airborne Divisions became an integral part of the blitzkrieg operations that overran much of Western Europe during 1940 and 1941, from the historic raid on the Belgian fortress of Eben-Emael to the pyrrhic victory over British and Commonwealth forces on the island of Crete. This title looks at the creation, evolution, and early operational deployment of the German airborne forces ('Fallschirmtruppe'), through highly detailed orders of battle, TOEs and examinations of crucial aspects such as doctrine, training, command and control, and the concept of vertical envelopment.

Introductionp. 4
Combat missionp. 7
Preparation for war: doctrine and trainingp. 10
Command, control, communications and intelligence (C31)p. 13
Unit organisation (1): 22 Infanterie Division (Luftlande)p. 23
Unit organisation (2): 7 Flieger Division and Luftlande-Sturm Regimentp. 46
From Polizei to Fallschirmjager
Reorganisation and war Vindication: Belgium and Holland
Maturity and nemesis: Crete
Tacticsp. 66
Waalhaven and Rotterdam
Dordrecht and Moerdijk Veldwezelt, Vroenhoven, Canne and Eben Emael
Weapons and equipmentp. 79
Lessons learnedp. 88
Glossaryp. 89
Bibliographyp. 93
Appendicesp. 94
Indexp. 95
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ISBN: 9781841765716
ISBN-10: 1841765716
Series: Battle Orders, 4
Audience: BAU
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 20th May 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 17.5  x 0.7
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1