Best Fallschirmjäger Books for Militaria Collectors & Enthusiasts

We’ve made a small selection of the best Fallschirmjäger books (German Paratroopers) that are currently available on the market for militaria collectors, uniform enthusiasts and military historians alike. These volumes are an absolute must-have in your library and certainly are the best Fallschirmjäger books currently available. This list does not contain any general biography accounts of Fallschirmjäger personnel but focuses on books that are interesting for collectors and enthusiasts.

Deutsche Fallschirmjäger – German Paratroopers

Deutsche Fallschirmjäger: Uniformierung und Ausrüstung 1936 – 1945 also known as German Paratroopers: Uniforms and Equipment 1936 – 1945. In total there are 3 Parts, part 3 has recently been released. They are costly but extremely informative, illustrated and educational. Just a hint but be fast, the books are quickly rising in value.

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Published in three volumes, this is a thorough study of the uniforms and equipment used by the German paratroopers from the early days right to the very end of the Third Reich. It also looks at all the paratroopers’ insignia and documents and, of course, at the battles the Green Devils fought, from Eben Emael in Holland, Crete, North Africa, Russia, Italy and Monte Cassino, Normandy right up to the Battle of the Bulge and the last days of the regime.

“German Paratroopers – Uniforms and Equipment 1936-1945” is the most comprehensive and detailed study of the German paratroopers to date, showing nearly every item of their everyday wear and combat dress – including all models of jump smocks. For these books there has been an unprecedented cooperation between collectors and museums from all over the world with the author and the publishing company.

The three volumes run to more than 1,000 pages with thousands of specially commissioned colour photographs of original Fallschirmjäger artifacts, some of them never shown before, accompanied by period black and white images, many of them unpublished so far.

VOLUME 1: UNIFORMS

Foreword Introduction Chapter I: The Blue-Grey Uniform Chapter II: Jump Smocks Chapter III: Paratrooper Trousers Chapter IV: Footwear Chapter V: Tropical and Winter Clothing Chapter VI: Special Clothing Chapter VII: Non-Standard Clothing Appendices Abbreviations Specific Luftwaffe Directives (clothing) Bibliography.

VOLUME 2: HELMETS, EQUIPMENT AND WEAPONS

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In the 367 pages of this second of the projected three volumes, in which, Karl Veltzé, takes a very detailed look at the Fallschirmjäger helmets but also discusses the paratroopers’ special equipment  and gear, such as gas mask bags, hand grenade bags, ammunition bandoleers, medic equipment, parachutes and drop containers in depth. The standard field equipment is covered next, followed by a chapter devoted to the individual and crew-served weapons used by the Fallschirmjäger.

The full-color photographs of the various items are accompanied by hundreds of period photos, more than 150 of them not published before, showing helmets, equipment and weapons in wear. Available in English and German. Illustrated with over 1,250 color and black-and-white photographs.

VOLUME 3: CAMPAIGNS AND COMBAT OPERATIONS, DECORATIONS, EPHEMERA

This book concludes the three-volume series covering World War II-era German paratroopers and their uniforms and equipment. This time, the contents cover those topics not included in the previous volumes.

Initially, the operational history of the German airborne forces between 1936 and 1945 is summarized. This section includes detailed views of more than 45 accurately uniformed mannequins, over half of which were specifically assembled for this project. They illustrate the appearance of German paratroopers from their beginnings in Regiment “General Göring” through the unconditional surrender of the Wehrmacht in May 1945.

Aside from the exhaustively covered paratroopers of the Luftwaffe, the approximately 2,000 army and Waffen-SS paratroopers receive their own chapter in this book. Along with rare uniform items, documents and many hitherto unpublished photos are shown here.

A further chapter devotes nearly 100 pages to specific qualification and formation insignia of the airborne forces– parachutist badges, cuff bands and specific unit insignia – as well as typical decorations and awards along with their award documents.

This volume also presents service record books and pay books, as well as other personal papers used by the Wehrmacht that were also utilized by personnel of the airborne forces. The chapter also includes a section that covers paratroopers’ ID discs in detail. (Source: Zeughausverlag)

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Volume 3, with 368 pages is illustrated with more than 350 period photographs, over 200 have not been published before.

Volume 3 has still to be released but can already pre-ordered.

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The Lions of Carentan: Fallschirmjager Regiment 6, 1943-1945

Although it is known that Allied airborne forces landed into a German buzz saw on D-Day, far less is known about the troops they encountered on that dark night of June 6, 1944. One of the formations they encountered was a similarly elite group of paratroopers, who instead of dropping from the skies fought on the defensive, giving their Allied counterparts a tremendous challenge in achieving their objectives. This is the complete wartime history of one of the largest German paratrooper regiments, Fallschirmjäger 6, from its initial formation in the spring of 1943 to its last day at the end of the war. With numerous firsthand accounts from key members, they describe the events of 1943-45 vividly and without compromise.

These accounts reveal previously unknown details about important operations in Italy, Russia, on the Normandy Front, Belgium, Holland, the last German parachute drop in the Ardennes, and the final battle to the end in Germany. With over 220 original photographs, many from private collections and never before published, this book fully illustrates the men, their uniforms, equipment and weapons. This work will inform readers of the full record of Fallschirmjäger Regiment 6, and why the Allied advance into German-held Europe was so painstaking to achieve.

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Fallschirmjäger Rgt. 3

This is a two-volume series and there are only 500 copies available per volume! Volume One traces the history from 1916 when raised as Assault Battalion No. 7, through training and developments during the 1930s and early actions in Holland, Norway and France during World War2. Illustrated with b/w photographs with brief captions (English / German) on 263 pages.

Volume 2 of this series continues the in depth photo study with bi-lingual text (English/German) of Fallschirmjäger – Rgt. 3 during its participation in the bloody Crete campaign, action at the Neva River (Russia), the 1st Battalion in Africa, the second mission in Russia, the jump on Sicily, the battle for Cassino and the final struggles in central and northern Italy. The unit’s Knight’s Cross and German Cross holders are listed and illustrated.

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Fallschirmjäger in Portrait: Studio and Field Portraits of German Paratroops in World War II 

A little more than 30,000 men of the Wehrmacht and SS qualified to wear the famed Fallschirmschützenabzeichen, or Paratrooper Badge, between 1936 and 1944. The badges they wore, and the images of the men who wore them, are avidly sought by collectors and historians around the world today. The authors have assembled over 300 indoor and outdoor posed portrait photographs of the Fallschirmjäger for this volume, most never before published, providing a fascinating representation of the photographer s art in World War II and a superb study of their uniforms, badges and insignia. In poses ranging from fierce to thoughtful and even poignant, the German paratroops of World War II are seen here in perfect focus, as they wanted to be seen,
preserved in deliberate portraiture for posterity.

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Fallschirmjager Brigade Ramcke in North Africa 1942-1943

This book is an in-depth photographic study of the famed German “Brigade Ramcke” paratroop unit. The story of Ramcke and his elite troops is described here through the soldiers’ recollections: from their formation in Germany, life on the North African front, and their legendary five-day breakthrough behind enemy lines. The book is heavily illustrated with unpublished photographs and documents of the troops, as well as details of their uniforms, vehicles, equipment, and theater made insignia.

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