Ridgway’s Paratroopers: The American Airborne in World War II


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Ridgway's Paratroopers: The American Airborne in World War II

Written by the best-selling author and longtime editor of The Saturday Evening Post Clay Blair, this powerful study of Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway offers both a detailed account of the legendary general's illustrious World War II career and a comprehensive history of American airborne operations in Europe. Considered one of the Allies' brightest and most forceful commanders, the general fought in every major battle in the Mediterranean and Europe, and his 82nd and 101st airborne divisions came to be called the best in the U.S. Army. But the book makes clear that Ridgway had to justify his faith in airborne warfare because the first drop by the 82nd-during the invasion of Sicily when the pilots were still green and the equipment faulty-had been a fiasco.

Blair tells the story in gripping battlefield narrative to capture the experiences of the soldiers who served in these elite units at Salerno, Naples, Anzio, Normandy, and elsewhere. At the same time he provides a frank analysis of the development of the airborne techniques and of the attention given to the political-military-strategic issues that influenced their deployment. With Ridgway as its central figure, this dramatic account includes such other major players as George Marshall, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Mark Clark, and Bernard Montgomery, along with such future greats of American airborne warfare as James Gavin, Maxwell Taylor, and Tony McAuliffe. Densely packed with information, the book, first published in 1985, is widely acknowledged for its engagingly honest analysis of Ridgway and airborne operations in Europe.

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Air Missions European Theater US Army Ridgway's Paratroopers: The American Airborne in World War II Written by the best-selling author and longtime editor of The Saturday Evening Post Clay Blair, this powerful study of Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway offers both a detailed account of the legendary general's illustrious World War II career and a comprehensive history of American airborne operations in Europe. Considered one of the Allies' brightest and most forceful commanders, the general fought in every major battle in the Mediterranean and Europe, and his 82nd and 101st airborne divisions came to be called the best in the U.S. Army. But the book makes clear that Ridgway had to justify his faith in airborne warfare because the first drop by the 82nd-during the invasion of Sicily when the pilots were still green and the equipment faulty-had been a fiasco.

Blair tells the story in gripping battlefield narrative to capture the experiences of the soldiers who served in these elite units at Salerno, Naples, Anzio, Normandy, and elsewhere. At the same time he provides a frank analysis of the development of the airborne techniques and of the attention given to the political-military-strategic issues that influenced their deployment. With Ridgway as its central figure, this dramatic account includes such other major players as George Marshall, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Mark Clark, and Bernard Montgomery, along with such future greats of American airborne warfare as James Gavin, Maxwell Taylor, and Tony McAuliffe. Densely packed with information, the book, first published in 1985, is widely acknowledged for its engagingly honest analysis of Ridgway and airborne operations in Europe. $24.95 https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51Q61P29MQL._SL160_.jpg

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