German Airborne Troops 1939-45 (Men-at-Arms, Volume 139) by Bruce Quarrie

By Bruce Quarrie

Airborne operations have usually been referred to as a vertical envelopment, and therein lies the best descriptions in their price. The essence of an envelopment is to pin the enemy in position in order that it may be destroyed. a powerful enemy strength to one's rear disrupts offers and communications and makes yet another liable to an assault from front. It additionally has a tremendous mental impression. To an aggressor the worth of airborne troops, used correctly, a long way outweighs their numerical power. Bruce Quarrie's attractive textual content tells the tale of the German airborne troops of the second one global War.

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