This book offers an outstanding visual record of the history, uniforms and gear used by the Kriegsmarine. Over 500 pages, 2600 photographs (most unpublished before) accompany the clear, explanatory text.
Author: Chris McNab
Publisher: Zenith Press
Subtitled: The Illustrated History of the Fallschirmjager in World War II. An pictorial record of Germany's airborne troops, both as they developed as a unit in the run-up to war, and as they were deployed once it had commenced. Rarely-seen images show their spectacular, glider-borne deployments in the Low Countries during the early campaigns of the war in western Europe, their dramatic airdrop and costly seizure of Crete, and their stunning and daring missions at Monte Rotondo and Gran Sasso later in the war. Hdbd., 8 1/2 x 11 1/2, 176 pgs., 264 b&w ill.
The German Army of World War II was the first to fully realise the benefits of using airborne troops alongside armoured formations. German Airborne Divisions became an integral part of the blitzkrieg operations that overran much of Western Europe during 1940 and 1941, from the historic raid on the Belgian fortress of Eben-Emael to the pyrrhic victory over British and Commonwealth forces on the island of Crete. This title looks at the creation, evolution, and early operational deployment of the German airborne forces ('Fallschirmtruppe'), through highly detailed orders of battle, TOEs and examinations of crucial aspects such as doctrine, training, command and control, and the concept of vertical envelopment.
"The aim of this book is to enable the reader to learn about the function and the structure of the Wehrpass and the Soldbuch, the two famous 'books' of the German soldier. They are arguably the most important documents of the military life that incorporate both the personal story of the owner as well as the history that has influenced the events of the entire world"--Introd.
This book is the history of the only Fallschirmjäger-Bataillon of the Waffen-SS during World War II. Formed in 1943 as a Bewährungsverband for special missions (guerrilla operations in the Balkans) the unit was deployed at many focal points of heavy combat on the eastern and western fronts. Nearly destroyed at the Schwedt and Alt-Küstrinchen bridgeheads, the remainder pulled back to the west over Parchim at the end of April 1945 and entered U.S. captivity in May 1945. This is their story, including extremely rare photographs.
Covering a wide range of the uniforms and personal equipment of the Waffen SS during World War II, this is an invaluable book for military historians, modelers and collectors. Peaked and soft caps, helmets and camouflage jackets, insignia and miscellaneous items such as belt buckles, shoulder straps, and documentation are included. Among the rare items of equipment are named articles from SS generals and colonels.
The parachute infantry regiments were among the most highly decorated US Army units of World War II, and between them they saw action right across the world. The elite nature of these units led to them being committed to action not only in the way that had been intended; their quality tempted commanders to keep them in the line longer than their light armament justified, and they were tested to the limit. This engaging study traces the story of each of the 17 regiments, from their creation and training in the USA, through their deployments overseas, to their combat jumps and all their battles. The book is illustrated with wartime photographs, many previously unpublished, and eight full-colour plates detailing the specifics of their uniforms, insignia, and equipment practices, which often differed from unit to unit.
The Lions of Carentan
Author: Volker Griesser
"This is the complete wartime history of one of the largest German paratrooper regiments, 6th Fallschirmj?ger, from its initial formation in the spring of 1943 to its last day at the end of the war. Known as 'The Lions of Carentan' after its ferocious battles in Normandy, these men were thereafter thrown into the thickest of fighting as the Third Reich underwent its death throes"--Dust jkt.
The first volume represents a snapshot of the army on 2 August 1914, before all the developments forced on it by the war. The second volume deal with the great changes precipitated by the flying corps and the special artillery with its first tanks.
This three-volume set is unquestionably the best reference on German SS military uniforms ever produced. This spectacular work is a heavily documented record of all major clothing articles of the Waffen-SS. Hundreds of unpublished bw photos were used in production. Original and extremely rare SS uniforms of various types are carefully photographed and presented here.
Author: Robert Kurtz
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
The uniforms and equipment of the elite German Fallschirmjger is the subject of this detailed, illustrated study. Authentic items smocks, dress tunics, boots, insignia, helmets, visor caps, gloves, knee pads and more are shown in superb color photos, in both multiple full-view, and detail shots. Unpublished World War II era photos show uniforms and equipment being worn on a variety of war fronts. Also included is a short chapter covering other Axis airborne including Italian and Japanese gear.
A little more than 30,000 men of the Wehrmacht and SS qualified to wear the famed Fallschirmschtzenabzeichen, or Paratrooper Badge, between 1936 and 1944. The badges they wore, and the images of the men who wore them, are avidly sought by collectors and historians around the world today. The authors have assembled over 300 indoor and outdoor posed portrait photographs of the Fallschirmjger for this volume, most never before published, providing a fascinating representation of the photographers art in World War II and a superb study of their uniforms, badges and insignia. In poses ranging from fierce to thoughtful and even poignant, the German paratroops of World War II are seen here in perfect focus, as they wanted to be seen, preserved in deliberate portraiture for posterity.