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Lions of Carentan [Kindle Edition]

Volker Griesser
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Book Description

Although it is known that Allied airborne forces landed into a German buzzsaw on D-Day, far less is known about the troops they encountered in the dark night of June 6, 1944. One of the formations they encountered was a similarly elite group of paratroopers, who instead of dropping from the skies fought on the defensive, giving their Allied counterparts a tremendous challenge in achieving their objectives.

This is the complete wartime history of one of the largest German paratrooper regiments, 6th Fallschirmjäger, from its initial formation in the spring of 1943 to its last day at the end of the war. With numerous firsthand accounts from key members, reporting on their experiences, they describe the events of 1943–45 vividly and without compromise.

These accounts reveal previously unknown details about important operations in Italy, Russia, on the Normandy Front, Belgium, Holland, the last German Parachute drop in the Ardennes, and the final battle to the end in Germany.

With over 220 original photographs, many from private collections and never before published, this book fully illustrates the men, their uniforms, equipment and weapons. Also included is an appendix with maps, battle calendar, staffing plans, a list of field and post-MOB-numbers, and the Knight's Cross recipients of the regiment. Having earned the respect of the Allied forces who fought against it during World War II, this work will inform current readers of the full record of Fallschirmjäger Regiment 6, and why the Allied advance into German-held Europe was so painstaking to achieve.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7782 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Casemate Publishing (3 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005S7XBVU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #233,576 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Combat History 18 Oct. 2011
A very good account of the combat operations of the 6th Fallschirmjager Regiment, from its activation in 1943 to its surrender in 1945. We follow these `Green Devils' from their first operation in Rome when Italy tried to surrender in 1943, then into the hard and heavy fighting in Russia back across to Europe to participate in the German efforts to repeal the Allied invasion in Normandy and then into Holland, the Eifel Region and then the Ardennes.

The book has some excellent, never seen-before photographs of these German paratroopers in action and lots of them. The one failing of this book, or I should say the publishers failing, is a substandard effort in editing. I came across numerous typos, spelling mistakes and badly translated sentences which spoilt the overall affect of this book and tarnished the great effort the author took to make this an exceptional book on these Fallschirmjager's.

Overall a great book and well worth the time to read and should be in every serious military library and I hope that the publishers take the time to edit the book in its next printing run and fix these very basic errors.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fjr 6. 5 Dec. 2011
By linkat
As an ex para I looked forward hopefully to reading this book, I wasn't disappointed!. Fills in a lot of gaps about the fighting in Normandy.An interesting veiw of the US Airborne from the German side. Lots of interesting eye witness accounts, v. gripping read, recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lions Share 7 Jan. 2012
Having reviewed some of the other customer feedback before purchasing this book, I was aware that there were some grammatical errors in this book. However, these did not detract from what is a really good book, which focuses on one of the best units (on either side) to fight in WW2. I really loved some of the photographs and the opportunity to learn of the experiences of war from some of the rank and file German paras.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The lions are roaring 25 Mar. 2013
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The complete history of the 6th Fallschirmjaeger (Airborne) Regiment since its creation on February 1943. This regiment (known even as the "Heydte" Regiment, from its commander name, it is probably one of the most valorous regiments , on the german side, on the WWII; its combat history began in Italy, after the italian armistice (8th September 1943) , with the german occupation of Rome; then at the end of 1943 it was sent in ukraina where it was almost destroyed; after its "reorganization", it was deployed in Normandy where at Carentan it has stopped for days the allied advance; after having been almost destroyed during the allied operation "Cobra" (25th July 1944) it has been rebuilt and sent near Eindhoven , in Holland; after almost two months of fightings it has been retreated from the front line and sent to the Eifel region to prepare for the Ardennes offensive. The Ardennes offensive saw the Regiment on a launch mission behind the allied lines, after which it ended the WWII fighting for the homeland on the West Front.
Every formation that has been detached from the Regiment , even a while, during the WWII, it is followed on its distinct combat adventure.
The book includes the complete order of battle of the unit, including the list of decorated soldiers of the unit and a wonderful series of photos done by the soldiers during the WWII. All the book is enriched by first hand stories of the german soldiers, members of this glorious unit.
It is important to note that on the pages of this book you will not find propaganda or words of disdain for the enemy, but just history.
The book will make you love those soldiers and their stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read 11 Aug. 2013
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I choose the highest rating as I found this book an avid read. After reading band of brothers and watching the series plus many other "victors" books and films I really appreciated the German perspective of this conflict written without embellishment. Given the logistics shortage and professionalism of the German paratrooper it leads one to wonder just how things might have turned out had things been different.For me it puts into perspective the "war stories" we are fed today. We may have won the Second World War but if this tells me anything only by sheer weight of numbers, air power and logistics.... Not by the skills of our ground forces
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lions of Carentan 27 Dec. 2012
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I purchased the Kindle edition of this book and I'd have to say I'm a little disappointed. The history of the regiment is interesting but the book has been poorly proof read. Between the end of Loc 526 and start of Loc 533 the Kindle edition seems to jump or skip a section of text. I'm not sure how much text is actually missing. At the start of the sentence the author is talking about the troops helping the locals with the wine harvest and then it jumps to a road being impassable due to American artillery fire. The poor editing really lets it down.
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