Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; List of Photographs; List of Maps; Introduction and Acknowledgements; Glossary and List of Abbreviations; Part I: The Genesis of the German Fallschirmtruppe 1936-39;
Chapter 1: The use of the parachute for military means enters German strategic thinking;
Chapter 2: The formation of the German Fallschirmtruppe, their testing, and the search for a conception of their employment;
Chapter 3: The concept for the employment of Parachute and Air-landing Troops derives from Hitler ́s aim to form the Wehrmacht into an instrument for his aggressive politics.
Part I PhotographsPart II: The Fallschirmtruppe between the Campaign against Poland and the Offensive in the West;
Chapter 1: Preparations for Fall Gelb;
Chapter 2: The employment of the Fallschirmtruppe in Operation Weserübung; Part II Photographs; Part III: The employment of the Fallschirmtruppe during the Campaign in the West;
Chapter 1: Sturmabteilung Koch paves the way across the Albert Canal for the Heer;
Chapter 2: Parachute and Air-landing Troops force entry into Fortress Holland; 10 May; 11 May; 12 May; 13 May; 14 May; The preparation of parachute assaults by air attack forces.
The outcome of the parachute assaultsThe abilities of parachute forces to prevail and to persevere; Final comments; Part III Photographs; Part IV: The Fallschirmtruppe during the time between operations in Holland and the Balkans Campaign;
Chapter 1: Fallschirmjäger reinforce the defense at Narvik;
Chapter 2: The parachute force is enlarged from a still-incomplete Division to a Flieger-Korps;
Chapter 3: The role of the parachute force in the military-strategic planning of the German High Command between Autumn 1940 and Spring 1941.
Chapter 4: Reinforced Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 2 seizes the Isthmus of CorinthPart IV Photographs; Part V: The Fallschirmtruppe in the battle for Crete;
Chapter 1: The German plan of attack and the provision of the troops for Undertaking Merkur;
Chapter 2: Enemy dispositions for the defence of Crete; Maleme / Galatas Sector; Souda Bay Sector; Rethymnon / Georgioupolis Sector; Heraklion Sector;
Chapter 3: The assault from the air;
Chapter 4: The struggle for the initial objectives; 21 May; 22 May; 23 May; 24 May; 25 May; 26 May;
6: The battle for Crete. Touchstone for the German Fallschirmtruppe and turning-point in its historyPart V Photographs; Appendix: Order of Battle of Luftflotte 4 for Operation Merkur, Crete 1941; Bibliography; eBooks Published by Helion & Company.
The Fallschirmtruppe of the Wehrmacht won recognition for their valor and endurance not only from their fellow German soldiers, but from their former enemies as well. On the basis of careful and comprehensive research, including utilizing extensive unpublished documentary and personal materials, the author covers the history of the Fallschirmtruppe from its genesis and early training to its employment in combat in Scandinavia, the Albert Canal in Belgium, Holland, the Greek mainland and, of course, at Crete. The reasons for the remarkable successes of the German Fallschirmtruppe during this pe.
Foreword-Christopher Marsh. Forging the Anvil. FINDING VOLUNTEERS: THE MAKING OF THE INTERWAR INFANTRY.
The United Kingdom: Lowering Selection Standards. The United States: Raising Selection Standards. Germany: Learning from World War I. BUILDING COMBAT DIVISIONS: FROM CONSCRIPTION TO WAR. The United Kingdom: Fighting a Defensive War. The United States: Mobilizing for War. Germany: Fighting an Offensive War. FACING INFANTRY CRISES: TO FINAL VICTORY AND DEFEAT. The United Kingdom: Consolidating Recruitment and Induction. The United States: Improving Infantry Quality. Germany: Fighting the Anvil. CONCLUSION. The Anvil Forged.
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It has long been accepted wisdom that Germany's infantrymen possessed superior tactical ability relative to their Anglo-American adversaries in World War II. Now, drawing on newly available information, Stephen Lauer unpacks that assumption, exploring the conscription, classification, and training methods of the US, British, and German infantries from 1919 through 1945. How did conscripted citizens become foot soldiers willing to fight, and even die, for each other in the face of brutal physical and mental demands? How was it decided which men to assign to combat units? How did each nation engender the social bonds that were essential if soldiers were to succeed - and - survive in their small unit milieus? Addressing these questions of manpower quality, Forging the Anvil is a landmark study of the key factors that influenced the creation of World War II infantries and sustained them in the crucible of close combat. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
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Fifteen elite mountain divisions and a multitude of small units fought for the Wehrmacht during World War II. They fought on all fronts, operating in hostile environments ranging from the far north to Libya, the Atlantic to the Caucasus - serving in all the "hot spots." This book, the culmination of some four decades of research and the support of many veterans and collectors, describes the life, operations and equipment of these specialist units. (source: Nielsen Book Data)