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Knight's Cross Holders of the Fallschirmjäger: Hitler's Elite Parachute Force at War, 1940-1945

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Knight’s Cross Holders of the Fallschirmjäger: Hitler’s Elite Parachute Force at War, 1940-1945

Jeremy Dixon

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Presented here are the biographies of the 130 men of the Fallschirmjäger—Hitler’s elite paratroopers, who won the Knight’s Cross and its higher grades. These men fought on nearly every front during the Second World War, from their first action in Denmark in April 1940, to their last major battle at Monte Cassino. A total of twenty-four Knight’s Crosses were awarded to Fallschirmjäger troops during the battles of Monte Cassino and in the airborne invasion of Crete with the remainder awarded during the fighting in France, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Russia, and at least one in North Africa. These tough, elite soldiers parachuted behind enemy lines and were one of the most successful units during the Second World War. The book gives details of their promotions and other medals and decorations and is well illustrated with over 200 photographs.

Size: 7″ x 10″ | 204 color and b/w images | 208 pp
ISBN13: 9780764348921 | Binding: hard cover

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Interested in the Third Reich for almost thirty-five years, Jeremy Dixon has written his fourth book, his third on the subject of the Knight’s Cross holders. The author from England has been a collector of photographs and postcards of the recipients of the Knight’s Cross for a number of years. On leaving school he worked in the retail industry before joining the Metropolitan Police in 2004. He plans to produce more books on the subject of the Knight’s Cross holders which will include embers of the Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe fighter and bomber pilots.