The German Fallschirmtruppe 1936-41

Its Genesis and Employment in the First Campaigns of the Wehrmacht

Karl-Heinz Golla

The
Fallschirmtruppe of the
Wehrmacht won recognition for
their valor and endurance not
only from their fellow German
soldiers, but from their former
enemies as well. On the basis of
careful and comprehensive research,
including utilizing extensive
unpublished documentary and
personal materials, the author covers the history of the
Fallschirmtruppe
Date Published :
July 2013
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
Illustration :
c 100 b/w and 12 color photos, 28 color maps
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781909384569
Pages : 640
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$89.95

Overview
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The Fallschirmtruppe of the Wehrmacht won recognition for their valor and endurance not only from their fellow German soldiers, but from their former enemies as well. On the basis of careful and comprehensive research, including utilizing extensive unpublished documentary and personal materials, the author covers the history of the Fallschirmtruppe from its genesis and early training to its employment in combat in Scandinavia, the Albert Canal in Belgium, Holland, the Greek mainland and, of course, at Crete.

The reasons for the remarkable successes of the German Fallschirmtruppe during this period are analyzed, as are also the conceptual weaknesses inherent in its formation and the faults in the command and control during its combat employment.

The author, himself a former Bundeswehr Fallschirmjäger and General Staff officer, has also utilized accounts from those who fought the Fallschirmtruppe, and has thus been able to correct many errors perpetuated in previous books on this subject, besides providing more complete coverage.

The text is supplemented by approximately 100 b/w photos and more than 25 detailed color maps.

This is a remarkably detailed study, firmly based on documentary sources, and is destined to become one of the definitive works on its subject in the English language. This revised edition has been prepared exactly according to the author's instructions.

About The Author
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Karl-Heinz Golla, born in 1939, joined the Fallschirmjäger of the Bundeswehr in 1958. After completion of officer training, he served as a platoon leader and company commander and then passed the General Staff course. He undertook several assignments as a General Staff officer in the fields of operations, war planning and doctrine in senior national and NATO commands. In between he was also a commander of an armored infantry battalion. He retired in 1994 with the rank of colonel. Since then he has authored several military history books, including Zwischen Reggio und Cassino: Das Kriegsgeschehen in Italien im zweiten Halbjahr 1943 (2004) and Der Fall Griechenlands 1941 (2007).

REVIEWS
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"This is a scholarly, high quality book and a great addition to what currently exists in print"

- WW2 Connection

"…an excellent job of explaining the development and use of the Fallschirmtruppe from the mid-1930s through to the early years of the war. A first class read and very informative, with a level of detail that I found enlightening."

- Military Modelling

“Overall this is a very valuable account of the campaigns of the Fallschirmtruppe that takes a impressively balanced approach to their combat missions, acknowledging the failures of planning that often saw them suffer heavier than expected casualties while almost always achieving their objectives.”

- History of War

“ … simply superb … A first class read and very informative, with a level of detail that I found enlightening

- Military Modelling

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