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Publisher:Hodder & Stoughton
From the 1930s through WWII to Afghanistan today, from total war to counterinsurgency, this history unravels and defines the intangible qualities that differentiate the “Sky Men” from other soldiers Seventy years ago the Parachute Regiment was formed—the army's elite air assault force was tough, well-trained, and designed to fight hazardous operations behind enemy lines with little or no backup. Dropping into the middle of enemy territory, these “Sky Men”—British, American, German, and Russian soldiers—engage in grueling combat in the most dangerous conflict zones around the world. Ex-Parachute Regiment officer Robert Kershaw reveals the history of these airborne forces and their role during the most dramatic battles of the 20th century. He finds out what drives a “Sky Man” to take these extraordinary risks, and what marks these sky warriors out from ordinary soldiers. "How do military paratroopers conquer the fear of jumping from aircraft at low level, by night, and frequently under fire? Has the helicopter replaced the need for parachutists in the 21st Century? Has the increasing lethality of anti-aircraft weapons made the airborne option redundant?“ These issues are examined alongside the personal experiences of the Soviet ”Locust Warriors,“ German Fallschirmjager, British Red Devils, American ”devils in baggy-pants," and Les Paras. Based on letters, diaries, and exclusive interviews with soldiers from around the world, this book is full of vivid personalities and nail-biting action.
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