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World War II Airborne Warfare TacticsOsprey Elite 136

WWII Airborne Warfare Tactics

by Gordon L Rottman

illustrated by Peter Dennis

 

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Osprey Elite 136
WWII Airborne Warfare Tactics
by Gordon L Rottman
illustrated by Peter Dennis
ISBN: 1841769533
Media: Soft cover; 64 pages plus covers
Price: GBP11.50 available online from Osprey Publishing
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: Good coverage of WWII airborne operations as well as a background on its concept and the equipment;  good use of contemporary photos
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Recommended

 

Reviewed by Rodger Kelly


available online from Squadron.com

 

FirstRead


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. 

A glance at the relevant chapters on the contents page confirms this: 

  • Introduction
     
    • The special opportunities and demands of airborne operations.
    • Designations of airborne forces: United States Great Britain German Soviet Union Japan.
       
  • Origins
     
    • Airlifted troops parachute troops.
       
  • Early Doctrine
     
  • Early Organisation
     
    • Units and sub units regiments and brigades divisions.
       
  • Delivery To The Battlefield
     
    • Transport aircraft gliders parachutes.

        Weapons and Equipment

    • Small arms and crew served weapons support weapons
    • Equipment:  communications mobility engineers.
       
  • Later Doctrine
     
    • Operations involving Germany Western Allies Soviet Union.
       
  • Evolving Organisation
     
    • 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

The 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 196970 and subsequently in airborne infantry being involved in long-range patrol and intelligence. 

The book is illustrated with 57 black and white photographs and by eight pages of colour paintings (by Peter Dennis).  It consists of 64 pages printed on glossy paper between thin cardboard covers and is 248 x 184mm in size. 

I 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. 

Recommended.


Review Copyright 2006 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 17 August, 2006
Last updated 17 August, 2006

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