US Paratrooper 1941–45 cover
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In Sicily, Normandy, and in the frozen hills of the Ardennes, America's airborne warriors proved themselves some of the toughest and most determined soldiers of World War 2. What made these soldiers so special? How were they recruited, how did they learn to jump and fight? What special tactics and equipment did they use? This title looks at what it was like to be one of the United States' airborne elite, through the experiences of the soldiers themselves. It is the story of the men who invariably led the way; the soldiers who flew to battle and walked home.

Table of Contents

Introduction · Death from above · Airborne Chronology · Recruitment and Training · The Daily Routine · Jump School · Going Overseas · The Combat Jump · Airborne Equipment · Pathfinder's Special Equipment · Glider Infantry · The Paratrooper in Combat · The Pathfinder · Glider Troopers · On the ground · Colour Plate Commentary

Product details

Published 25 Aug 2000
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781855328426
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 48 b/w; 14 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Warrior
Short code WAR 26
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Mike Chappell

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