Fallschirmjäger

REVIEW: Hitler’s Paratroopers in Normandy – The German II Parachute Corps in the battle for France 1944

The author, Gilberto Villahermosa, does a great job of detailing the II Corp’s intense and focused fighting in Normandy as the allies pushed them south and east. During this period of the war the II Parachute Corps did not have an effective replacement program, had no consistent air cover, and often did not have the …

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Bert Trautmann The Keeper Movie

Trailer of Upcoming Drama “The Keeper” – True Story of Bert Trautmann

An extraordinary tale of love, forgiveness and overcoming the odds, The Keeper tells the incredible true story of footballing legend Bert Trautmann. The Keeper will be released in UK cinemas on 5 April and in Germany on March 14! Bert Trautmann joined the Luftwaffe early on during World War 2 at the age of 17. In 1942, …

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Operation Stösser: The last Parachute drop of the Fallschirmjäger

Friedrich-August Freiherr von der Heydte was the highly decorated commander of Germany’s First Parachute Army’s Battle School. In December 1944, when Germany’s General Kurt Student was notified that within eight days, he was to launch an airborne attack in support of the Sixth Panzer Army, he called upon von der Heydte to command a parachute …

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TRAILER: Der Hauptmann (2018) Released in English

Der Hauptmann (2018) also known internationally as The Captain tells the story of a young German soldier, Willi Herold, fighting for survival, in the last moments of World War II, when he finds a Luftwaffe captain’s uniform. Whilst impersonating a Luftwaffe officer, Willi Herold quickly takes on the monstrous identity of the perpetrators he is trying …

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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 …

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Der Hauptmann 2018

Trailer of New War Movie “Der Hauptmann” – True Story of Willi Herold

Der Hauptmann (2018) tells the story of a young German soldier, Willi Herold, fighting for survival, in the last moments of World War II, when he finds a Luftwaffe captain’s (Hauptmann) uniform. Impersonating an officer, the man quickly takes on the monstrous identity of the perpetrators he is trying to escape from. This is based on the …

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Book Knight's Cross Holder Jeremy Dixon Book

REVIEW: Knight’s Cross Holders of the Fallschirmjäger by Jeremy Dixon

Presented here are the biographies of the 130 men of the Fallschirmjäger—Hitler’s elite paratroopers, who won the Knight’s Cross and its higher grades. These men fought on nearly every front during the Second World War, from their first action in Denmark in April 1940, to their last major battle at Monte Cassino. A total of …

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Skorzeny with the liberated Mussolini on 12 September 194. (Credits: Bundesarchiv - 101I-567-1503C-15 - Toni Schneiders)

Otto Skorzeny’s Rescue of Mussolini – 12 September 1943

On the morning of July 25, 1943, King Victor Emmanuel who had backed Benito Mussolini ever since his March on Rome in 1922 told Il Duce, “The game is over, Mussolini . . . you’ll have to go.” Upon leaving the king’s villa, a carabinieri captain arrested Mussolini who took him to a secret location in Rome “for …

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