Hitler's Paratroopers in Normandy

The German II Parachute Corps in the Battle for France, 1944

Gilberto Villahermosa

This gripping new account examines the exploits of Germanys II Parachute Corps and its commander, Eugen Meindl from the Allied invasion on 6 June to the end of August 1944. Meindl was the epitome of the senior German airborne commander in the Second World War. Tough, experienced, and aggressive, he cared deeply for his troops. His Parachute Corps f
Date Published :
September 2019
Publisher :
Frontline Books
Language:
English
Illustration :
16 pages of b/w plates
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781848327719
Pages : 288
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Overview
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In June 1944, Allied forces fighting desperately to establish a foothold in Normandy and then breakout of the confining bocage found themselves opposed by a bewildering array of formations of the German Wehrmacht. Among them were the newly formed German II Parachute Corps.

This gripping new account examines the exploits of Germany's II Parachute Corps and its commander, Eugen Meindl from the Allied invasion on 6 June to the end of August 1944. Meindl was the epitome of the senior German airborne commander in the Second World War. Tough, experienced, and aggressive, he cared deeply for his troops. His Parachute Corps fought stubbornly for three weeks, before being forced to fall back.

Trapped along with the bulk of the German Seventh Army in the Falaise pocket, Meindl and his paratroopers maintained their discipline and were selected by the Commander in Chief of OB West to lead the German breakout to the east. That they managed to do so, despite suffering grievous losses, while so many around them died or surrendered, is a testament to their dedication and fighting ability. Theirs is a story that deserves to be told.

About The Author
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Gilberto Villahermosa is a retired U.S. Army Colonel with more than 30 years of military service as an Armor Officer, Master Paratrooper, Strategic Intelligence Officer, Foreign Area Specialist (Russia, Eurasia, and the Middle East), and U.S. Army Historian. He has served with NATO in Europe and Afghanistan, as well as in Russia, Eurasia, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Colonel Villahermosa is the author of 'Honor and Fidelity. The 65th Infantry in Korea', 'Hitler’s Paratrooper. The Life and Battles of Rudolf Witzig', and 'Hitler’s Paratroopers in Normandy'.

REVIEWS
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"For the author's ability to help you visualize the Normandy battles the book is worth its weight. When you add in the incredible amount of detail that you will learn about the Fallschirmjäger the book is a steal. I cannot recommend it highly enough."

- A Wargamers Needful Things

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