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Fallschirmjäger! Firsthand Accounts and Diaries

Fallschirmjäger! is a collection of stories from men who served as parachutists in the German military during the Second World War. Author Greg Way assembled an array of viewpoints from sixteen airborne veterans of operations in Holland, Russia, France, Crete and numerous other fronts. Way’s efforts focus on translating the veteran’s own words for a wider …

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Pegasus Bridge: A Pocket Guide by author Neil Barber

Published by Sabrestorm, available from Casemate Publishers Neil Barber’s guide of the sites around Pegasus Bridge is a gem. A fifty-two page long, 4” x 5.7” paperback, the book will truly fit in all except the smallest pockets but comes packed with graphics and black and white photographs. The book lays out a short walking …

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Freely I Served: The Memoir of the Commander, 1st Polish Independent Parachute Brigade 1941 – 1944 by author Stanislaw Sosabowski

Published by Pen & Sword, available from Casemate Publishers Freely I Served is a remarkable combat memoir by one an underappreciated World War Two commander. Stanislaw Sosabowski served as an officer in the Polish Army for over twenty years and led an infantry brigade in the defense of Warsaw at the beginning of WW2. After …

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Operation Colossus by author Lawrence Patterson

Published by Greenhill Press, available from Casemate Publishers Lawrence Patterson’s book detailing Operation Colossus, the British airborne raid against the Italian aqueduct providing fresh water to the Apulia region of southern Italy, is far more than a combat history despite being an excellent example of the genre. Patterson details the policy, organizational and doctrinal decisions …

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No Better Place To Die: The Battle La Fiere Bridge by author Robert M. Murphy

Robert M. Murphy’s No Better Place to Die provides readers with an honest portrayal of small-unit combat during the opening days of the Normandy campaign. The action centers around the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment’s (PIR) D-Day mission to seize and hold the La Fiere bridge, over the Merderet River in the vicinity of Ste. Maire …

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“Men Will Come” A History of the 314th Troop Carrier Group, 1942-1945

Mark Vlahos has produced a meticulously researched, well-told history of troop carrier operations in the Second World War. His book, Men Will Come, is not a general overview of the development and employment of troop carrier units, but rather the story of one specific Group. That being said, the exploits of the 314th Troop Carrier …

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The Telegraph – The D Day Landings by author Philip Warner

Philip Warner’s collection of first-person accounts of the D-Day landings is a fascinating work of oral history. Originally published in 1980, Pen & Sword Publishing re-introduced the book in 2019 in time for the 75th Anniversary celebrations of Operation Overlord. The Telegraph – The D Day Landings describes the Normandy invasion from the point of …

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Three of the Last WWII Screaming Eagles by author LTC Jos Groen MSc

Lieutenant Colonel Jos Groen’s Three of the Last WWII Screaming Eagles is a genuine gift to the airborne community. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that less than 500,000 American veterans of the Second World War are still alive, and they are dying at a rate of almost 350 per day[1]. 16 Million …

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