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||Osprey Elite 136
WWII Airborne Warfare Tactics
by Gordon L Rottman
illustrated by Peter Dennis
||Soft cover; 64 pages plus covers
GBP£11.50 available online from
||Good coverage of WWII
airborne operations as well as a background on its concept and the
equipment; good use of
Reviewed by Rodger
available online from
As a trained military parachutist, I jumped at the
chance of reviewing this recent addition to Osprey's Elite Series when
it was offered to me by our Editor.
After reading it, I think that it has been mis-titled. Whilst it does
enlighten you on the tactics used by airborne forces, both allied and
axis in WWII, it informs you of a whole lot more to do with airborne
operations than just the tactics employed.
glance at the relevant chapters on the contents page confirms this:
The special opportunities and demands of
Designations of airborne forces: United
States – Great Britain – German – Soviet Union – Japan.
Airlifted troops – parachute troops.
Units and sub units – regiments and brigades
Delivery To The Battlefield
Transport aircraft – gliders – parachutes.
Weapons and Equipment
Small arms and crew served weapons – support
Equipment: communications – mobility –
Operations involving Germany – Western Allies
– Soviet Union.
Evolution of airborne operations divisions,
corps and armies:
Germany – Great Britain – United States –
Soviet Union – Japan.
Execution of Airborne Operations
Contingency plans – selecting DZs/LZs –
planning and marshalling – pathfinders – the drop – engagement.
An Assessment of Airborne Operations
author, Gordon L Rottman is eminently qualified to write on the
subject. A retired member of the US Army, he was a member of the
Special Forces, served with the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in
1969–70 and subsequently in airborne infantry being involved in
long-range patrol and intelligence.
book is illustrated with 57 black and white photographs and by eight
pages of colour paintings (by
Dennis). It consists of 64 pages printed on glossy
paper between thin cardboard covers and is 248 x 184mm in size.
found this book from Osprey to be a great read. It provided enough
information to give me an overall understanding of WWII airborne
operations as well as a background on its concept and the equipment used
in its execution.
Review Copyright © 2006 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 17 August, 2006
Last updated 17 August, 2006
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