US Paratrooper 1941-45, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWAR26
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    Author: Carl Smith

    Illustrator: Mike Chappell

    About this book

    In Sicily, Normandy, and in the frozen hills of the Ardennes, America's airborne warriors proved themselves some of the toughest and most determined soldiers of World War 2. What made these soldiers so special ? How were they recruited, how did they learn to jump and fight ? What special tactics and equipment did they use ? This title looks at what it was like to be one of the United States' airborne elite, through the experiences of the soldiers themselves. It is the story of the men who invariably led the way; the soldiers who flew to battle and walked home.

    Contents

    Introduction _ Death from above _ Airborne Chronology _ Recruitment and Training _ The Daily Routine _ Jump School _ Going Overseas _ The Combat Jump _ Airborne Equipment _ Pathfinder's Special Equipment _ Glider Infantry _ The Paratrooper in Combat _ The Pathfinder _ Glider Troopers _ On the ground _ Colour Plate Commentary

    Paperback; August 2000; 64 pages; ISBN: 9781855328426