[ KINDLE ] ❂ Combat Jump: The Young Men Who Led the Assault into Fortress Europe, July 1943 Author Ed Ruggero – Survivingtheholocaust.us

Combat Jump: The Young Men Who Led the Assault into Fortress Europe, July 1943The Hair Raising, Frontline Account Of The First American Airborne Invasion Of World War II And Of The Young Paratroopers Who Risked Their Lives For Freedom By 1943, The War In Europe Had Reached A Turning Point General Dwight Eisenhower Was Given Orders To Invade Sicily And Head North To Achieve This, Ike Had A New Weapon U.S Paratroopers Their Mission Was To Seize The Approaches To The Invasion Beaches And To Hold Off German Attacks Combat Jump Tells The Little Known Story Of These Paratroopers And How They Changed The American Way Of War It Takes Readers On Their Journey From Civilians To Citizen Soldiers, Through Training In The United States And Later In North Africa, And Then Shows Their Daring Jump Into The Darkness Over Enemy Held Sicily.By First Light On D Day, July 10, 1943, It Looked As If The Mission Would Fail Inexperienced Pilots, Lost Or Blown Off Course, Dropped 80 Percent Of The Troopers From One To Sixty Five Miles From Their Targets The American Commander, James Gavin, Landed So Far From His Objective That He Was Not Even Sure He Was In Sicily Arthur Gorham, Commanding 500 Men Of The First Battalion, Encountered Two Surprises When The Sun Came Up He And Just Over 100 Of His Men Were The Only GIs Out Of 3,400 Dropped Near Their Objective He Also Discovered That The Germans On Sicily Had Tanks The Lightly Armed Paratroopers, With Their Rifles And Hand Grenades, Were Not Equipped To Take On The Forty Ton Panzers But Against All Odds, They Did The Costly Lessons They Learned Shaped The War In Europe, For Without Sicily, There Might Have Been No Airborne Invasion Of France In June 1944 Combat Jump Recounts The Extraordinarycontributions These Young Men Made When Their Country Called Them To War, And It Tells A Classic Tale Of Military Action And Remarkable Courage.

[ KINDLE ] ❂ Combat Jump: The Young Men Who Led the Assault into Fortress Europe, July 1943 Author Ed Ruggero – Survivingtheholocaust.us
  • Hardcover
  • Combat Jump: The Young Men Who Led the Assault into Fortress Europe, July 1943
  • Ed Ruggero
  • English
  • 10 March 2017
  • 9780060088750

    10 thoughts on “[ KINDLE ] ❂ Combat Jump: The Young Men Who Led the Assault into Fortress Europe, July 1943 Author Ed Ruggero – Survivingtheholocaust.us


  1. says:

    Combat Jump is a good 3 Star account of the development of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment specifically, the first significant combat jump into Sicily and the American airborne forces in general A short background is given on the main characters and the timeline involved in the 505th PIR The 505th PIR jumps into Sicily and everything is truly SNAFU Few land anywhere near the planed drop zone, so many are scattered up to 90 miles from their objectives and plenty are injured the usefulness of airborne forces hangs in the balance But the paratroopers follow their guidance engage the enemy where you find them and the German and Italian forces are very confused The paratroopers were not told deliberately that there were German Panzer units on Sicily, and many of the fights involve the German and Italian armor The paratroopers only have puny bazookas to fight off Tiger tanks Not an even fight Don t expect a clear narrative on the fighting in Sicily The book, like the situation, accurately portrays the confused, swirling situation where no one really had a clue but the 505th PIR just fought hard everywhere The American Airborne...


  2. says:

    What happens when you take a group of young fresh faced American boys, train them to become parachute infantry and drop them erroneously all over an island with a poorly conceived plan and faulty intelligence Well, if they re members of the 82nd Airborne Division and under the command of James T Gavin, they simply get the job done anyway This is the story that is depicted in Combat Jump By all accounts, no one knew what to truly expect when the green 505th Regimental Combat Team was tasked with the first vertical envelopment of regimental size in the history of the United States Army It was an experiment where the lab rats were the young sons of America and the test tube was the crucible of Sicily They were told there were no Germans on the island, no tanks and, after a concentrated drop, they would simply have to block the roads to prevent the Italian forces from attacking the beaches In reality, the young paratroopers were scattered all over the island, came up against the Hermann Goering Panzer Division with its monster Tiger tanks and their reinforcement drop was attacked and decimated by friendly fire the next night The overall casualties...


  3. says:

    This is one of the better books I ve read on airborne combat in World War II which wasn t written by the participant s The author combines a very good narrative with plenty of personal recollections he gathered from countless interviews and correspondence with the men who were there If you re a fan of personal accounts of combat, this is a book for you This book makes a good companion to General James Gavin s On To Berlin and provides a nice profile of the general I m definitely looking forwar...


  4. says:

    U.S paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division led by Colonel James M Gavin a 36 year old invade Sicily in July 1943 with nothing but small arms take on the powerful German Army This use of airborne forces paves the way for their use in Normandy less than 11 months later, but hard lessons are learned Sicily like...


  5. says:

    This book covers the formation of early US Airborne units and some of the men who joined including Jumping Jim Gavin and goes to the first large US jump on Sicily This is one of the better treatments of the 82nd I ve read for Sicily including the fight for Biazza Ridge the one area it falls short is a fairly light treatment of the tragic 504th landing the second night, where spooked allied sailors...


  6. says:

    Well written Starts quickly and flows smoothly The first third of the book covers the establishment of the Airborne, gathering and training of the first troops, which is interesting but not engrossing for me Once they start ...


  7. says:

    One of the best military histories I ve read in terms of making the men involved actual men boys and not just a number Personal stories lead the narration of events making this read like a novel If you enjoy WWII history, this is a must read.


  8. says:

    A rather dry military history, but not bad.

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