By Volker Griesser

Even though it is understood that Allied airborne forces landed right into a German buzzsaw on D-Day, some distance much less is understood concerning the troops they encountered at the hours of darkness evening of June 6, 1944. one of many formations they encountered was once a equally elite crew of paratroopers, who rather than losing from the skies fought at the protecting, giving their Allied opposite numbers an immense problem in attaining their objectives.

This is the entire wartime historical past of 1 of the biggest German paratrooper regiments, sixth , from its preliminary formation within the spring of 1943 to its final day on the finish of the warfare. With a variety of firsthand money owed from key participants, reporting on their reports, they describe the occasions of 1943–45 vividly and with no compromise.

These bills exhibit formerly unknown information about very important operations in Italy, Russia, at the Normandy entrance, Belgium, Holland, the final German Parachute drop within the Ardennes, and the ultimate conflict to the tip in Germany.

With over 220 unique photos, many from deepest collections and not prior to released, this ebook absolutely illustrates the boys, their uniforms, apparatus and guns. additionally incorporated is an appendix with maps, conflict calendar, staffing plans, a listing of box and post-MOB-numbers, and the Knight's move recipients of the regiment. Having earned the honour of the Allied forces who fought opposed to it in the course of international battle II, this paintings will tell present readers of the complete checklist of Fallschirmjäger Regiment 6, and why the Allied increase into German-held Europe used to be so painstaking to achieve.


”…a compelling background… prompt for infantrymen (particularly paratroopers), historians, and scholars of global conflict II advert airborne operations.”
Les Grau, PhD, overseas army reviews Office

It is expounded that it's the victors who write the histories of the wars, so it's in particular revealing to find a booklet that was once written from the perspective of these at the wasting facet. the good worth of Griesser’s tremendous, richly distinct, and fabulously illustrated paintings is that it fills in a truly huge hole in our wisdom approximately one in all Nazi Germany’s elite branches of provider. And the voices of the lads who fought offer a important perception into the German army deliberating that point. The Lions of Carentan represents a treasure trove for somebody drawn to German airborne forces.

Flint Whitlock
Author, If Chaos Reigns, and Editor, WWII Quarterly

“…wonderfully documented book…Within every one bankruptcy are a number of special and insightful own debts of wrestle, troop routine and conflict stories… offers a good account of what it was once like battling in WWII from the German soldier’s viewpoint. It used to be an stress-free and informative learn. the numerous photos complimented the textual content properly, yet have been additionally fascinating to view as a photograph album.”


“… very certain ebook, one in every of just a handful of German unit histories translated into English. Written within the average form of German unit histories, it really is good translated, and replete with own bills and pictures. This interesting publication is very suggested and a needs to learn if you happen to have an interest within the Normandy, marketplace backyard, and Ardennes Operations. It offers the view of these activities from “the different aspect of the hill.”

Henrik Lunde, writer of Hitler's Preemptive struggle and Finland's conflict of Choice

“…an attention-grabbing perception into the strive against background of this crew of elite troops who earned a lot appreciate from their enemies to boot for his or her actions.”

Military Modeling

“prose is easy and efficient...cleverly synchronizes the stories and fragments of prior occasions along with his personal educational narrative of army historical past… at the floor the paintings can easily be loved as a source e-book of the regiment or as a full of life yet educational historical past… I learn it as a contemplative e-book which explores the human rate of war.
Military Modelcraft overseas

“…tells a thrilling and motion packed tale rather well, from the regiment’s first strive against deployment as a part of the German activities to disarm Italian forces while Italy surrendered to the Allies via to the ultimate days of the remnants in Germany 1945.”
Wargamer, 5/2012

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