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Description - Evolution of Airborne Operations 1939 - 1945 by Colonel Roy Stanley

The development of air transport in the early 20th Century led military strategists to examine the concept of inserting light infantry at key points behind enemy lines by air landing and air drop. The Germans were first off-the-mark with assaults in Norway and at Eben Emael in 1940. Crete saw a larger scale attack but while ultimately victorious the cost of men and equipment involved deterred any further Axis operation. The Allies on the other hand developed the concept dramatically with the large scale operation HUSKY in Sicily. While only partially successful there was massive loss of life and aircraft airborne operations were a key, if relatively minor, element of Op OVERLORD The D-Day Invasion. The most famous airborne operation was the large scale but ill-fated MARKET GARDEN. Almost successful the Arnhem battle goes down as a heroic defeat. The culmination of WWII airborne operations was the multi-division Rhine Crossing VARSITY. Expert author and collector Roy Stanley traces the history of airborne landings in words and pictures. AUTHOR: Colonel Roy Stanley II, USAF (retired), became an Aerial Photo Interpreter in 1959 and went on to assignments with the Defence Intelligence Agency, the Air Staff and in Japan, Thailand and Vietnam. Now retired after 27 years' service he lives near Fredericksburg, Virginia. This is his seventh book. V Weapons Hunt and Axis Warships have been published by Pen and Sword Books in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781473843806
ISBN-10: 1473843804
Format: Hardback
(246mm x 189mm x 0mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Publish Date: 7-Oct-2015
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Colonel Roy Stanley

Colonel Roy Stanley II, USAF (retired), became an Aerial Photo Interpreter in 1959 and went on to assignments with the Defence Intelligence Agency, the Air Staff and in Japan, Thailand and Vietnam. Now retired after 27 years service, he lives near Fredericksburg, Virginia. This is his sixth book. V Weapons Hunt, Axis Warships and The Normandy Invasion June 1946 are in print with Pen and Sword Books under the Looking Down on War Series.

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