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Fallschirmjagers in Crete [Hardcover]

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Jean-Yves Nasse established his credentials as an expert on German paratroopers with his acclaimed book Green Devils [Histoire and Collections 1997]. In this new book he concentrates on the famous Fallschirmjager landings in Crete and the subsequent battles with the British there.

Fallschirmjagers in Crete is fully illustrated in the usual Histoire and Collections style with original photographs, full color graphs, uniforms, equipment, insignia and maps.

This book is a "must buy" for all with an interest in German special forces.

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Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.9" Width: 9.2" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   2.35 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   Histoire and Collections
ISBN  2913903371  
ISBN13  9782913903371  

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I have had my 'eye' on this book for several years, but not until recently did the price get down low enough for me to invest. While the book is very good to excellent, I would not suggest this be the only book on this battle on one's WWII library shelf; I have a couple other hardcovers as well, one by George Forty and another by Allan Clark.

Should you want to add this book to your home library, be prepared for an oversized book with some weight to it, since the pages are all heavy grade, slick paper. I do much of my reading in bed after 9pm and a book of this immensity can get quite heavy. I've only alloted 4-stars to this book because in the translation some places in the text read uneven and there also exist some words mispelled. Add to that the manner in which the pictures are laid out, the descriptions of the pictures are sometimes hard to locate. And though I read much military history, I am hardly an expert on the German Army with all its nomenclature, so some of the abbreviations accompanying the photos go beyond my knowledge.

Now for the good parts and pluses: overall the book is laid out very well, and from my experience the photos are pretty much new, at least never seen before by me. I have no other books from Histoire Collections Press in my extensive WWII library, but am impressed by what I see. Would not be hesitant to invest in others of their WWII volumes.

Another minus to this book, however, is the photos are in black and white, shot no doubt by German cameras of the time by amateur photographers, which in some cases does not allow the best field of wide-angle view of the subjects. But on-the-other-hand, because these are amateur photos the reader will get more everyday genre pictures rather than posed pictures such as those from say, SIGNAL magazine, the official archive keeper of the WWII Wehrmacht. (Should a reader be interested in such photos from SIGNAL please refer to THEIR WAR: GERMAN COMBAT PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE ARCHIVES OF SIGNAL. Pages 50 through 71 offer photos from Greece and N. Africa, with pages 57 through 61 showing some shots of the actual jump into Crete.) Just be prepared for a pretty much all black and white experience as other than a few photos of 'books' or 'papers' there are no COLOR photos included, and color did exist at the time. I found that strange as I expected at least a few color exposures, maybe you will not. The cover shows a group of men in color, however, the same photo inside the book is in black and white.

Again, this book is a very excellent addition to the WWII material available on Crete-Kreta in April and May, 1941. But again, I would not suggest it as the only book you might want to have. But it is very interesting in itself due the overall manner of layout and the major fact that the photos are from fallschirmjagers who were there, and their picutres are generally not to to be found elsewhere.

Semper Fi.
Great Photo Book  Oct 16, 2003
Another great large format photo book from "Histoire & Collections". As the title states, it covers the battle for Crete mainly from the German perspective through personal narratives of the participants and hundreds of photos of German paratroopers and equipment. This is not a "textbook" of the battle, but rather a collection of photos and personal experiences with enough tactical information and maps included to understand the conflict. A must for anyone interested in the Fallschirmjager.

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