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By Bruce Quarrie

ISBN-10: 1841768286

ISBN-13: 9781841768281

Following the conflict for Crete in might 1941, Hitler refused to adopt from now on large-scale airborne operations because of the excessive casualty fee. The Fallschirmj?ger as a result took up a brand new position as elite 'line' infantry, they usually served within the Mediterranean from 1942 to 1945, enjoying the clash in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. Their functionality in such hard-fought battles as El Alamein and Monte Cassino strengthened their acceptance as a number of the hardest troops of worldwide battle II. This booklet explores their altering function in company, education and doctrine because the paratroopers built into Germany’s most interesting frontline infantrymen.

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Following the conflict for Crete in might 1941, Hitler refused to adopt to any extent further large-scale airborne operations as a result of the excessive casualty fee. The Fallschirmj? ger in this case took up a brand new position as elite 'line' infantry, they usually served within the Mediterranean from 1942 to 1945, playing the clash in North Africa, Sicily and Italy.

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Unit organization (4): SS-Fallschirmjager Bataillon 500/600 The existence of this battalion has caused some confusion down the years, partly over the question of whether it was a penal unit and partly over whether there were one or two battalions. Both questions were actually resolved as long ago as 1985 when former SS-Sturmbannfuhrer (Major) Siegfried Milius, the battalion's last CO, visited a re-enactment group in the United States shortly before his death. The answers to each are both yes and no.

4, page 29). After a plan to use the Ramcke Brigade to capture selected bridges over the river Nile in September was sensibly scrapped, the paras were instead allocated positions slightly right of centre in the Alamein line with the 'Folgore' Division further to their south. The new idea was that they would be used as ground reinforcements to exploit Rommel's hoped-for breakthrough towards Cairo and Suez. Quite how they would have accomplished this without adequate motor transport is unclear. Montgomery's Operation Lightfoot launched on 23 October thwarted this plan anyway, and on 2 November Ramcke was ordered to withdraw his brigade 30km west in a night march.

Vitetti collection) task of closing a gap in Sicily's frontline along with Kampfgruppe 'Schmalz' of the 'Hermann Goring' Division, Heidrich issued orders to transport the various units of the division to Sicily by air as soon as they arrived in Italy. Promptly, on the afternoon of 12 July Heilmann's 1,400-strong FJR 3 was airdropped on the Catania plains and made contact with Kampfgruppe 'Schmalz', to whom it was subordinated. Incidentally, this was to be the last large-scale German airdrop of World War II.

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