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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780969155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780969152
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.6 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 524,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Gordon L. Rottman details concise unit histories and assimilation into divisions in the 198th volume of Osprey's "Elite" series. Coverage also highlights combat uniforms, insignia and personal equipment. And Mark Stacey's color plates offer superb references for modelers. Decidedly recommended!"- David L. Veres,

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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 196970 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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Time on 9 Mar. 2014
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This is a really good simple to understand summary of all US Parachute Infantry regiments, their organisation and the actions that they fought. well up to Osprey standards for imparting easy to read and understand information for the general reader as well as the enthusiast.
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WW Parachute Regiment 22 Feb. 2014
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Another excellent Osprey Book written by Gordon Rottman. This book blends everything about the grow of the US Airborne Forces. It is built around the Parachute Regiment. The book is packed with drawings,photo's and tech info, There is something there for everyone. It builds on past books on US Airborne Forces and Warfare. A great Book.
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101st Airborne Division is perhaps best known as the "Bloody Bastards of Bastogne" 22 July 2014
By Robert A. Lynn - Published on
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In World War II, the concept of airborne operations was new, and doctrine emerged with each succeeding commitment of airborne troops to battle. The popular perception of the paratrooper is one of a near-superman, his unit capable of undertaking any mission regardless of the dangers and difficulties.

The number of U.S. airborne divisions in World War II was quite small in comparison to the U.S. infantry divisions, but their feats and reputations far outshine their traditional counterparts in the infantry. Ironically, the U.S. 101st Airborne Division is perhaps best known as the "Bloody Bastards of Bastogne", although the battle was a classic infantry defense.

In early 1940, General Lynch, the U.S. Army's Chief of Infantry passed the responsibility for the Air Infantry Project, as it was then called, to Major William C. Lee. Lee's imagination and diligence helped build the U.S. airborne force over the ensuing years. It was under his leadership that the Infantry Board at Fort Benning, Georgia began laying the groundwork for airborne troops as well as beginning to assess their equipment. Various airdrops of heavy weapons and supplies were also tried with existing materials at hand.

From the initial formation of the experimental parachute unit in June, 1940, the U.S. Army began to put together the early parachute infantry regiments. There was opposition to airborne troops, however, because the results of training maneuvers weren't totally positive. Despite calls to do away airborne regiments, the U.S. continued to develop their airborne units.

Illustrated with photographs and excellent drawings of the uniforms, equipment, and insignia of the U.S. Army parachute infantry regiments, U.S. WORLD WAR II PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENTS includes concise unit histories down to the battalion level as well as the changes in the Parachute Infantry Regiments within their respective airborne divisions. Also included are significant dates within each unit as well as their uniforms, personal equipment, and unit patches. As any book of this type, there will be some mistakes and I have listed them below:

*Page 4-The Soviet Union began writing airborne doctrine in 1932 not 1931 while the French established a parachute school near Avignon with two small infantry units. The Italians set up their airborne school in March, 1938 near Tripoli, Libya and then in Italy.

*Page 5-The initial volunteers came from the 29th Infantry Regiment and the 1st Parachute Battalion was activated on 6 September 1940 not 16 September 1940.

*Pages 12 and 13-While the 101st Airborne Division acquired the "Battling Bastards of Bastogne" for their defense of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge; the actual "Battling Bastards of Bastogne" belongs only to the 327th Glider Infantry Regiment not the whole 101st Airborne Division.

Colonel Robert A. Lynn, Florida Guard
Orlando, Florida
Great artwork 17 July 2014
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This book is one of the greatest books covering all of the PIRs in World War Two. The artwork and pictures are fantastic and help describe the weapons and equipment of these soldiers better than just words. The overviews are good to get a general idea of the campaigns that these men fought in.
Buy this book if you want to know more about the US Airborne in WWII 22 Dec. 2014
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Well written and very comprehensive. Just what I was looking for. Wanted to know more about the PIRs of WWII.
Five Stars 22 Nov. 2014
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Another great Osprey book. Meets all I expect from this great serious military science series.
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