Combat Jump: The Young Men Who Led the Assult into Fortress by Ed Ruggero

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By Ed Ruggero

The hair-raising, frontline account of the 1st American airborne invasion of global warfare II and of the younger paratroopers who risked their lives for freedom. by way of 1943, the struggle in Europe had reached a turning aspect. normal Dwight Eisenhower used to be given orders to invade Sicily and head north. to accomplish this, Ike had a brand new weapon: U.S. paratroopers. Their challenge was once to grab the ways to the invasion seashores and to carry off German attacks.

Combat Jump tells the little-known tale of those paratroopers and the way they replaced the yankee manner of warfare. It takes readers on their trip from civilians to citizen squaddies, via education within the usa and later in North Africa, after which exhibits their bold leap into the darkness over enemy-held Sicily.

By sunrise on D-day, July 10, 1943, it appeared as though the challenge could fail. green pilots, misplaced or blown off beam, dropped eighty percentage of the soldiers from one to sixty-five miles from their goals. the yank commander, James Gavin, landed up to now from his aim that he used to be no longer even convinced he used to be in Sicily. Arthur Gorham, commanding 500 males of the 1st Battalion, encountered surprises while the solar got here up. He and simply over a hundred of his males have been the one GIs -- out of 3,400 dropped -- close to their target. He additionally found that the Germans in Sicily had tanks. The frivolously armed paratroopers, with their rifles and hand grenades, weren't built to tackle the forty-ton panzers. yet opposed to all odds, they did. The expensive classes they realized formed the battle in Europe, for with out Sicily, there could have been no airborne invasion of France in June 1944.

Combat Jump recounts the extreme contributions those younger males made whilst their state known as them to battle, and it tells a vintage story of army motion and noteworthy courage.

Well-written and flowing like a very good novel, this e-book is extremely recommended.
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A winner…Ruggero's thorough resarch, together with interviewswith many survivors, and ideal writing earns this e-book an enduring position in any WWII collection.
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13 Gavin was happy to be among men who were as excited as he was by the prospect of creating a new arm of the service, one whose potential to be decisive on the battlefield was all out of proportion to its size. But as much as he liked the intellectual challenge of creating a brand-new doctrine, Gavin never lost sight of his main goal: he wanted to command troops. 2 FROM EVERY CORNER OF THE LAND While Jim Gavin was working through his first autumn with West Point’s Tactical Department, watching cadet parades and Saturday football games, a twenty-five-year-old sergeant in the Texas National Guard named Edwin Sayre became part of the massive call-up of troops swelling the Army.

It was nearly impossible if the pilot was wounded. S. Army Air Corps parachuted a machine gun and crew, but the experimentation ended there; the tight Army budget left little room for research and development. The Soviets, who also studied the possibilities, thought parachutists should be lightly armed and fight as guerrillas, harassing the enemy’s rear echelons, disrupting supply lines, ambushing messengers. Soviet reasoning was practical: airplanes of the time were small and in limited supply, so there was no way to deliver large bodies of troops who could fight as a conventional unit.

Army Air Corps parachuted a machine gun and crew, but the experimentation ended there; the tight Army budget left little room for research and development. The Soviets, who also studied the possibilities, thought parachutists should be lightly armed and fight as guerrillas, harassing the enemy’s rear echelons, disrupting supply lines, ambushing messengers. Soviet reasoning was practical: airplanes of the time were small and in limited supply, so there was no way to deliver large bodies of troops who could fight as a conventional unit.

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