German Airborne Divisions

Mediterranean Theatre 1942–45

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German Airborne Divisions

Mediterranean Theatre 1942–45

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Following the battle for Crete in May 1941, Hitler refused to undertake any further large-scale airborne operations due to the high casualty rate. The Fallschirmjäger subsequently took up a new role as elite 'line' infantry, and they served in the Mediterranean from 1942 to 1945, taking part in the conflict in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. Their performance in such hard-fought battles as El Alamein and Monte Cassino reinforced their reputation as some of the toughest troops of World War II. This book explores their changing role in organisation, training and doctrine as the paratroopers developed into Germany's finest frontline soldiers.

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Published Oct 10 2005
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781841768281
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 37 b/w; 4 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Battle Orders
Short code BTO 15
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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