Fallschirmjäger: Elite German Paratroops in World War II


By: Diane Canwell, Jon Sutherland
Supplied by: Pen and Sword

Format: Paperback
Series: Images of War
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781848843189
Published: 5th August 2010
RRP / Print Price: £14.99

Current purchase price:
£14.99

Fallschirmjäger: Elite German Paratroops in World War II

The photos in this book are taken from an unpublished album belonged to a member of the elite German Paratroopers. First Sgt Wilhelm Plieschen served with Fallschirmjager Machine Gun Battalion 7. They suffered very heavy losses in the invasion of Crete and then saw bloody conflict as "Hitler s Fire-fighters" on the Russian Front and put up fierce resistance in places such as Monte Casino. The photographs were taken in Austria, Romania, Bulgaria Greece and Russia. There are photographs taken on an airfield on 15 May 1941 of paratroopers with kit on the ground and in front of their transport aircraft. There are a number of photographs taken en route to Crete with photographs of the paratroopers in a JU52 and shots looking out from the plane.On 20 May 1941, Plieschen was dropped over Crete. There are a set of photographs taken by the paratrooper moments after he had landed on the island. Some show other paratroopers drifting down and others feature formations of German aircraft amidst flak.There are very good images showing Germans on the deck of the badly damaged and abandoned HMS York in Souda Bay. There are photographs showing Major Erich Schulz decorating paratroopers on Crete. Further on in the set are photos showing the then Commander of the Fallschirmjager, General Kurt Student inspecting the troops. Later our man is sent to Russia. There are outstanding rare photos of paratroopers in heavy winter camouflage clothing. They experience heavy fighting.

 




Some books that may interest you

German Guns of the Third Reich
German Guns of the Third Reich
By: Ian Baxter

The Right of the Line
The Right of the Line
By: John Terraine

The Involuntary American
The Involuntary American
By: Carol Gardner

Major And Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide To The Somme
Major And Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide To The Somme
By: Major and Mrs Holt
Foreword by: Sir Martin Gilbert

A Fighter Command Station at War
A Fighter Command Station at War
By: Mark Hillier

Gilbert Szlumper and Leo Amery of the Southern Railway
Gilbert Szlumper and Leo Amery of the Southern Railway
By: John King

Berlin Blockade
Berlin Blockade
By: Gerry van Tonder

The Music Maker
The Music Maker
By: Jaci Byrne

Outlaw Platoon
Outlaw Platoon
By: Sean Parnell, John Bruning



Quick Find
 
Use keywords to find the book you are looking for.
Advanced Search

Information
Contact Us

Disclosure: Military History books are affiliates of the suppliers on this website and will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.


123 Reg - Jargon-free products that make it easy for anyone to get their business online.