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Heroes in Death: the Von Blucher Brothers in the Fallschirmjager, Crete, May 1941 [Hardcover]

Adrian Nisbett

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28 April 2014
Crete, 20 May 1941. An amazed world watched as the first great airborne invasion in history began. Among the 8,000 German paratroopers taking part in Operation Mercury were three brothers: Wolfgang, Lebrecht, and Hans Joachim von Blucher. This is their story. Born into one of Germany's best-known military and aristocratic families, the von Blucher brothers were Fallschirmjager, among the elite of the German armed forces. Illustrated throughout with family photographs and many other rare illustrations, Heroes in Death recounts the brothers' lives before the war, their training as paratroopers, the action for which Wolfgang was awarded the coveted Knight's Cross, how they died in the invasion of Crete, and the aftermath of their deaths. Based on family recollections, letters, and documents, and on records from the Fallschirmjager archive, this is the first full and accurate account of a little-known but remarkable story.

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Adrian Nisbett lives in South Africa and, following his retirement from full-time work, has spent much of the past ten years working with wildlife, particularly with cheetahs in Namibia. He has had a life-long interest in military history and in collecting militaria. He has spent the past two years researching and writing Heroes in Death.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Considering my fundamental aversion to historical books, I found ... 25 July 2014
By bb - Published on Amazon.com
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Considering my fundamental aversion to historical books, I found this book refreshing. Told as a narrative of the family without any hint of political or religious input, the story relates the ethics of the times-in particular, one fought as a duty to one's country, nothing more. No religious or political fervour, just duty The story flows exceptionally well, undertakes comparisons of the German and Allies' arms with much detail on the paratroopers' kits and the reasons for these-on both sides.It also examines the rashness, carelessness, arrogance, haste of both opposing forces on Crete which highlights the stupidity of wars generally.It's a steadily moving and very interesting recording of the life and times of the three young men who did noting more than their duty to their country.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW !!!! 14 July 2014
By Shaun Winkler - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow !! What a book, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it . It normally takes me weeks to read a book and I finished this one in less than 24 hours. Adrian's description of the Blucher Brothers is exactly how I would have thought them to be . Kind , honorable , athletic, brave .

To this day I have always wondered how they were killed and this book has answered many questions.

I highly recommend it and Adrian has done a superb job with his research.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. 5 stars! 10 July 2014
By Hannah - Published on Amazon.com
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Fantastic book! Once I started I could not stop. A book for everybody, not just those interested in war. A stunningly sad story about three brothers. Highly recommend!
5.0 out of 5 stars Righting the history of the von Blücher brothers and honouring their sacrifice 25 July 2014
By Nicholas R.W. Henning - Published on Amazon.com
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"Heroes in Death" is a World War II historical tribute to the four von Blücher brothers, and their family. The author constructs the most definitive account of the von Blüchers with personal insights from reliable witnesses, battlefield facts, and letters written by family members. The author takes much care in personalising the brothers, and their service to their country is documented with vitality and great respect. The author's own journey of discovery and the bond he has developed to the family presents a very special read.

Nicholas R.W. Henning - Australian Author
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