Falling from Grace: The German Airborne (Fallschirmjager) in World War II

Mason, Chris

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Nazi Germany pioneered the use of airborne forces in the 20th century and used them effectively early in the war as part of integrated, combined-arms offensives. Yet the German airborne branch literally self-destructed in 1941. What happened, how did the Germans react, and what historical insights in the use of airborne forces can modern day planners derive from the German experience? <p> In the late 1930’s, an aggressive and innovative rearmament program in Nazi Germany gave rise to the tactics