The photos in this book are taken from an unpublished album that belonged to a member of the elite German Paratroopers. First Sgt Wilhelm Plieschen served with Fallschirmjager Machine Gun Battalion 7, which suffered very heavy losses in the invasion of Crete, then saw bloody conflict as Hitler's Fire-fighters on the Russian Front and later put up fierce resistance in places such as Monte Casino. The revealing images that Jon Sutherland has compiled for us depict these struggles in dramatic detail, ranging from photographs taken en route to Crete of the paratroopers in a JU52 to 20 May 1941, when Plieschen was dropped over Crete. Some show other paratroopers drifting down and others feature formations of German aircraft amidst flak. Additionally, Sutherland has included amazing images depicting Germans on the deck of the badly damaged and abandoned HMS York in Souda Bay. There are photographs showing Major Erich Schulz decorating paratroopers on Crete and the then Commander of the Fallschirmjager, General Kurt Student inspecting the troops. We later pay witness to Plieschen in Russia, where outstanding rare photos of paratroopers in heavy winter camouflage clothing portray the men enduring the heavy fighting that occurred in the region.
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1 . DON'T Waste Your Money
Posted October 19, 2013 by Scott Evans , Richfield, OhioThis is by far the most useless publication I've come across. I have many WWII history books and many on the Fallschirmjager. DO NOT be deceived by the cover pictures. This is some former Fallschirmager's personal photo album, which must have had all the interesting pictures removed before publishing this book.
Each page has 1 small (3x5?) pic per page with a description. There are probably 2 'action' pics. There are no good pics with combat gear; some inside JU52s heading to Crete; some award ceremonies; some grave German cross markers with helmets, etc. You could easily just do an internet search on Fallschirmjager and find as many, if not more, FREE interesting pictures.
I received a 25% discount on top of the already 45% off sale price, total about $7.50 and I still feel robbed. If I had the physical book I would tear it up and through it away. I don't, so I guess I'll just delete from my computer, as the disk space is more valuable than the publication.
DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!
Casemate Publishers & Book Distributors, LLC
August 13, 2012
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