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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 An exceptional and amazing book 4 Aug 2014
By IOANNIS PREKATSOUNAKIS - Published on Amazon.com
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An exceptional book telling such a unique story of a family that was caught into the turbulence of the war having a bitter and sad fate. A story where the real life goes much beyond fiction. The way the book is written is such that keeps the interest at the top throught out the book. The writter manages to present the tragic story of the Blucher brothers in a unique way. An amazing book which is a must not only for the ww2 enthousiasts but also for everyone who is ineterested in history throught every day life and the personal stories of people who lived during those years. It presents the whole atmosphere in pre-ww2 Germany and the conditions under which a family involved in the war meeting it's fate. A book that it could be easily be a novel. Higly recomended. I love this book
4.0 out of 5 stars Another side to an awful conflict. 1 Aug 2014
By Ian Dear - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a meticulously researched story of three young German brothers who died during an attempted occupation of Crete initiated by German paratroopers during WW2. The book is extremely well written and has many wonderful archival photos which the author obtained during his several years of research. It is a story not often told of true bravery and courage under the most extreme of conditions. It includes many interesting sidelights such as the primitive head-first exit of paratroopers from the aircraft and the photo of one of the brothers leading his "platoon" in the field wearing the Iron Cross he had been awarded earlier. This book is definitely worth reading.
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