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Falling From Grace: The German Airborne

Falling From Grace: The German Airborne published on

Authored by Joint Military Operations Department Naval War College

In the late 1930’s, an aggressive and innovative rearmament program in Nazi Germany gave rise
to the tactics of vertical envelopment. Luftwaffe General Kurt Student pioneered the use of
gliders and airborne forces, and the Wehrmacht used them effectively early in the war as part of
integrated, combined-arms offensives. Yet the German airborne branch literally self-destructed
in May 1941 during the invasion of the island of Crete. This study examines the development of
German airborne doctrine and addresses the questions of what happened on Crete, how the
Germans reacted, and what historical insights modern day planners can derive from the German

Publication Date:
Jun 11 2014
1500162558 / 9781500162559
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5″ x 11″
Black and White
Related Categories:
History / Military / World War II


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