"From the outset, it was recognized by all World War II's combatants that paratroopers were a breed apart. Not only did they need to acquire a highly specialist and dangerous skill - parachute jumping - but they also had to possess heightened physical fitness, superb tactical awareness and fluent weapons handling if they were to survive the engagements around and beyond the DZ. For this reason, the recruitment and training programs for airborne troops tended to be more punishing, and more attentive to character traits, than many regular infantry units." - The Paratrooper Pocket Training Manual (1939-1945) (edited)
Think you have what it takes to become a paratrooper? Do you think you could have done it decades ago in the 1930s?
In The Paratrooper Training Pocket Manual 1939-1945, edited by Chris McNab, this book takes you on an in-depth experience in learning what it takes regarding the physical and tactical demands to become one of the elite.
When the Airborne—the new, vertical—dimension to warfare came onto the scene in the ‘30s, there was a new demand for a different breed of soldiers. In this highly detailed insight into the life and training of a military paratrooper, this never-before-published material goes into the theory, training, and practice of the elite.
As a great, humble read to understand the tactics and needs required from the original paratrooper units to today‘s brave few, this is an investigative, inside look of learning what it took.
The Paratrooper Training Pocket Manual 1939-1945 highlights original, authentic illustrations and diagrams detailing the requirements and tactics of airborne warfare. As you turn its pages, you‘ll learn all about the innate details of physical training, parachute deployment, types of equipment, landing tactics, how to work communications, and so much more.
The Paratrooper Training Pocket Manual 1939-1945 is a must-have, perfect read for any paratrooper today or those passionate about the history of warfare.
Who is the author? Author Chris McNab is an editor and writer living in the UK who concentrates his work in the military—both with history and technology. Publishing over 40 books and editing several others, McNab also contributes to significant encyclopedia series, magazines, newspapers, and other publications with his expertise.