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After the first stunning victories of Germany's Parachute Corps, Churchill and other Allied leaders ordered the formation of their own paratroopers, copying the German model. The Red Devils, the Screaming Eagles, Les Paras and others based their equipment and reckless bravado on Germany's 'hunters from the sky,' a highly successful group of soldiers until 1941, when their huge losses during the invasion of Crete reduced their effectiveness in the eyes of Hitler's generals. Whiting tells the complete story of the Parachute Corps and their founder, General Kurt Student, who commanded the paratroopers on their initial victories in Europe, their Pyrrhic conquest of Greece, their mission to rescue Mussolini, and their last drop into Allied-surrounded territory.
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Charles Whiting, popular World War II historian, is the author of over a dozen books. He lives in York, England.Review:
Recommended for general readers interested in military history. (Library Journal)
Whiting adds a rarely written-about dimension to the body of material available on World War II. He presents a vivid , factual account of Nazi airborne tactics that should fascinate any armchair military strategist, former paratrooper, weekend parachutist, or lover of adventure stories. Whiting's special gift is his ability to carry the reader along... He can be simultaneously drmatic and objective. (Publishers Weekly)
As good an account as anyone will find. (Soldier)
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Book Description Cooper Square Press, 2001. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0815411456
Book Description Cooper Square Press, 2001. Paperback. Condition: New. Orders despatched on the same or next working day. Seller Inventory # mon0000079773
Book Description Cooper Square Press, 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0815411456
Book Description Cooper Square Press, 2001. Paperback. Condition: New. New paperback copies at a reduced price. ; Unabridged reprint of the 1974 edition, with the addition of a new preface by the author and additional photographs. Illustrations & maps. ; 240 pages. Seller Inventory # 50410