World War II Airborne Warfare Tactics

World War II Airborne Warfare Tactics

Elite 136
  • Author: Gordon L. Rottman
  • Illustrator: Peter Dennis
  • Short code: ELI 136
  • Publication Date: 28 Feb 2006
  • ISBN: 9781841769530
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 64
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About this Product

The delivery of entire divisions to battlefields behind enemy lines by parachute and glider played a significant part in the European campaigns of World War II. Despite notable successes, the costs and difficulties of this wholly new form of warfare have prevented airborne operations on a comparable scale since 1945. This book - by an airborne veteran of a later generation - explains in detail their advantages and drawbacks, developing techniques and equipment, with reference to specific German, US, British, Soviet and Japanese operations. The text is illustrated with period photographs, colour artwork and operation maps.

Biographical Note

Gordon L Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He was a special operations forces scenario writer at the Joint Readiness Training Centre for 12 years and is now a freelance writer, living in Texas, USA. Peter Dennis was born in 1950 and, having been inspired by contemporary magazines such as 'Look and Learn', studied illustration at Liverpool Art College. He has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects. He is a keen wargamer and modelmaker. He is based in Nottinghamshire, UK.

Contents

Origins of airborne forces Early doctrine Response to these lessons: formation of multiple battalions Delivery to the battlefield Weapons and equipment Late war doctrine and organization Execution of an airborne operation, step by step Four representative airborne operations examined Application of WWII lessons in postwar operations

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