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Introduction: background/ Gliders, construction and characteristics: the US Waco CG-4A, British Horsa and Hamilcar, German DFS 230, and minor types/ Techniques: take-off, towing, release, landing procedures/ Tug aircraft, types and employment: the US C-47 and German Ju 52. Glider and tug training; the fate of glider pilots after landing/ Strengths and allocation of glider and tug flying units/ Glider-delivered units, their organization, weapons, and equipment: infantry, artillery, engineers, and support units/ Operations: tactical concepts; capabilities and limitations; early difficulties, and lessons learned; key operations examined/ Select bibliography/ Plate commentaries/ Index
Featuring specially commissioned full-color artwork, this is the story of the perilous glider assaults carried out by the men who sometimes led and sometimes followed World War II paratroopers onto their objectives.
Gordon L. Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol, and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He was a Special Operations Forces scenario writer at the Joint Readiness Training Center for 12 years and is now a freelance writer, living in Texas.
"Covers the origins, the gliders, the glider types, tug aircraft, glider pilots, glider delivered units and glider operations. Each section is broken down covering how each country used their gliders, how they trained their pilots and how operations were executed. I highly recommend this book to anyone that has an interest in military history or the gliders of World War II." --Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS/USA