Operation Fall Weiss, German Paratroopers in the Poland Campaign 1939

This is the previously untold story of the use of German paratroopers during the invasion of Poland. Th photographic selection is excellent and extensive – Highly Recommended.


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NAME: Operation Fall Weiss, German Paratroopers in the Poland 
Campaign 1939
FILE: R2608
AUTHOR: Stephan Janzyk
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back
PAGES:  175
PRICE: £19.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Invasion of Poland, German Army, Luftwaffe, paratroopers, 
airborne troops, light infantry, war diaries, point attack

ISBN: 1-47389-461-1

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DESCRIPTION: This is the previously untold story of the use of 
German paratroopers during the invasion of Poland. Th photographic 
selection is excellent and extensive  – Highly Recommended.

Remarkably little has been written about the invasion of Poland 
and the operations of German units outside of the Panzer spearheads. 
At the time, the German army was heavily dependent on horses 
for general transport and to tow artillery. Much of the invasion 
force was on foot. Ahead of this mass was a highly mobile armoured 
force with close support from fighters and dive bombers that had 
free range because the Polish Air Force was largely destroyed very 
quickly on the ground.

The Panzer strike forces were used to advance quickly, destroying 
Polish infantry and cavalry in the open and passing around fixed 
defences which were left for the following main force to deal with 
at leisure. However, the Polish Army put up a spirited defence and, 
as one photograph of a destroyed Pkw IV, itself a very rare animal 
at the time, shows how fiercely the Poles fought. That didn't leave 
much for the German paratroopers to do. Often they sat in their 
planes as the selected target was over run by the Panzers, or 
surrounded by the following soldiers and bombed by the Luftwaffe.

The author has presented an account for how the paratroopers were 
used and dispels some of the myths that have sprung up. This is a 
very valuable account of the Polish Campaign.