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by James E. Mrazek

eBook The Fall of Eben Emael ePub
Author: James E. Mrazek
Language: English
ISBN: 0891414061
ISBN13: 978-0891414063
Publisher: Presidio Pr; Reprint edition (March 1, 1991)
Pages: 192
Category: Military
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 285
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ePub file: 1378 kb
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There is a reason for this decision

There is a reason for this decision. German paratroopers could not control their descent as their risers were not steerable, which strung them out on a drop (forget the Hollywood nonsense). The glider put the men on the ground together with their weapons. The one complaint I have is that the author does provide a photo of a German paratroop drop, which would have helped show this tactical problem of theirs.

Fortress Eben Emael was designed to delay indefinitely any German invasion of Belgium and the low countries. The daring aerial assault on Eben Emael is one of the most spectacularly successful special operations in history.

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Fort Eben-Emael was a greatly enlarged development of the original Belgian defence works designed by General Henri Alexis Brialmont before World War I. Even in its larger form . Mrazek, James E. (1991). The Fall of Eben-Emael. Novato, CA: Presidio Press. Even in its larger form, the fort comprised a relatively compact ensemble of gun turrets and observation posts, surrounded by a defended ditch. It fell to glider-borne German paratroops in twenty-eight hours. It was the Belgian linchpin upon which rested France's vaunted Maginot line. Many experts consider it the most spectacularly successful special Operation in history.

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The fortress covered 75 hectares on the surface, had 5km of tunnels underground and was studded with bunkers, gun turrets and casemates. Yet on 10 May just 78 elite airborne soldiers managed to defeat this fortress in an operation of unprecedented tactical skill.

James Mrazek also wrote The Fall of Eben Emael (978-0-89141-664-7). Veuillez suivre les instructions détaillées du Centre d'aide pour transférer les fichiers sur les lecteurs d'e-books compatibles. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland. Règles relatives aux avis. More related to aeronautics. Silent Skies: Gliders at War 1939-1945. On 10 May 1940 warfare changed forever when gliders swooped down to seize the fortress of Eben Emael in Belgium ahead of the German advance. In the following five years of war, the glider evolved into a war-winning weapon capable of landing men, guns and even tanks with pinpoint precision.

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Destination, rates & speeds. 2. Published by Presidio Pr (1991)

Destination, rates & speeds. Published by Presidio Pr (1991). ISBN 10: 0891414061 ISBN 13: 9780891414063.

Relates the military strategies and tactics which enabled the Germans to capture the Allies supposedly impregnable fortress on the German-Dutch-Belgian border
Coiwield
An excellent book, not only for its coverage of the Op Granite fight itself, but also for the political and technical background it provides. This is a good generic case study of a coup de main operation.
Ubrise
I think the author, who himself served in WWII as a glider infantry author, was the right one to write this book. If you looked toward the end, on page 167 (of the hardbound book), you see what this is all about. Mrazek starts with a great Victor Hugo quote, "No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come." Then you see the accomplishment of the German glider assault on the fort: "Seventy-seven boldly led men, ten gliders costing about 77,000 Deutsche marks, and fifty-six hollow-charge explosives defeated 780 men defending the world's strongest fort."
I think the author does a good job of giving the background of how this strong fort, Eben Emael, fell due to two new military developments: the glider and the hollow charge. This is a limited and small book, but Mrazel does show us how Germany, denied an air force, took to gliders. With necessity the mother of invention, it stands to reason the Germans would find a way to make the glider a weapon. This they did in front of Hitler in 1936. Mrazek shows how Hitler remembered this and was the one who gave the order to take Eben Emael with gliders. There is a reason for this decision. German paratroopers could not control their descent as their risers were not steerable, which strung them out on a drop (forget the Hollywood nonsense). Weapons were dropped separately. The glider put the men on the ground together with their weapons. The one complaint I have is that the author does provide a photo of a German paratroop drop, which would have helped show this tactical problem of theirs.
Mrazek devotes some time, with drawings, to explain the significance of the hollow charge. This explosive was so powerfull it scared not just the Belgian defenders when used, but the German attackers as well. Take a look at the photos in the book and you see what I mean. The cupolas look like they were hit with smart bombs from an air strike.
The author uses drawings to show where each German unit attacked, which I think adds an interesting dynamic to the telling of this story. (The units and names of each man are provided at the back.) Some authors can be very general and skip the facts that some soldiers would find more interesting, such as just who attacked Cupola 30. I actually took the time to compare the diagrams to the photos and then back to the attacking unit.
This is pretty much the definitive book an this amazing attack. Note that the author personally interviewed nine attackers and defenders, including German General Student, the man told by Hitler to attack the fort with gliders.
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