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OPERATION KNIGHT'S MOVE German Airborne Raid Against Tito, 25 May 1944

Melson, Charles D. And Marine Corps University Press (U.S.)

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ISBN 10: 0160911400 / ISBN 13: 9780160911408
Published by Marine Corps University Press, 2011
Condition: NF Soft cover
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Title: OPERATION KNIGHT'S MOVE German Airborne Raid...

Publisher: Marine Corps University Press

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: NF

Edition: 1st Edition; 1st Printing.

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This, the first of a new Studies in Battle series from Marine Corps University Press, is a study of the German Army’s World War II airborne attempt to capture Yugoslavian leader Josip Broz “Marshal Tito.”

With Unternehmen Rösselsprung (Operation Knight’s Move), the late Yugoslav president’s career might have been ended by the Germans on his 52d birthday, 25 May 1944. On that date, Axis forces executed an airborne raid on the Yugoslav Partisan high command at Drvar, Bosnia, that almost succeeded in eliminating Tito. Today, it provides an example of using light infantry in low-intensity or special operations, with unforeseen consequences similar to those experienced by others against irregular opponents.

The Studies in Battle series from Marine Corps University Press presents cases for analysis from across the military spectrum that have relevance for current operations and professional military education, particularly for junior leaders. The books also tell a good story that can be read with interest by all.


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 About the Author:

Charles D. “Chuck” Melson is the chief historian for the U.S. Marine Corps, with the Marine Corps University at Quantico, Virginia. He is married with two children. He has been a history lecturer, museum director, consultant, and military officer. His education includes degrees in liberal arts from St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland, and in history and fine arts from Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California. He has previously written on this subject and other aspects of World War II in Yugoslavia for the Journal of Slavic Military Studies.

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