German Paratroopers: The Illustrated History of the Fallschirmjager in WWII - Chris McNabLondon: Aurum Press, 2000, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Frontispiece;
From the cover: “Paratroopers as a military force were a creation of the 1930s, made possible through the application of one of the latest technological developments in warfare — air power. Introducing troops into a combat zone by air would, it was believed, not only achieve surprise, but eliminate the costly losses which had been incurred in World War I. From the first, the airborne forces were an elite body set apart from the massed ranks of a country’s armed forces, and often tasked with the role of shock assault troops. This concept was most energetically developed in inter-war Germany.
German Paratroopers is a pictorial record of Germany’s airborne troops, or Fallschirmjager, both as they developed as a unit in the run-up to war, and as they were deployed once it had commenced. Rarely-seen images show their spectacular, glider-borne deployments in the Low Countries during the early campaigns of the war j in western Europe, their dramatic airdrop and costly seizure of Crete, and their stunning and daring missions at Monte Rotondo and Gran Sasso later in the war
Ironically, it was their willingness to give every effort unwaveringly even in the grimmest of situations that meant that, throughout most of the war, the paratroopers were seldom used as parachutists. Instead, the paratroopers were prized for their combat abilities, and frequently acted in a ‘fire-brigade’ role as a roving elite of infantrymen, serving with distinction on the Eastern Front, in North Africa, Italy and resisting the turning tide of the war after D-Day. In every theatre, the paratroopers fought with honour and never gave less than their all.
Their appalling casualty rate is testament both to the part that they played in assisting other units in the tightest of situations, and to their unfaltering commitment to their unit and comrades. Time after time they were severely debilitated by casualties, yet repeatedly they reformed, and were among the last German units still fighting as the Allies closed in on Berlin. It is a story of heroism almost beyond the call of duty, related here through the 200-pIus photographs of their many battle actions, complemented by an authoritative text written by a military historian of World War II.”