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The first drop of a body of troops was carried out by the Italians in 1927. The first active engagement of an airborne force, against a bandit army in Central Asia - just fifteen Russian troops dropped from three aircraft - took place in 1929.Yet only eleven years later airborne forces were to change, radically and completely, the way that war on the ground was conducted. Once again a new technology had pushed forward man's ability to conduct war with ever increasing effectiveness. This book tells the complete story, to a detail never previously accomplished. It covers all aspects of airborne forces, including the aircraft, equipment and personnel, and then the battles fought by those troops delivered to the battlefield by air, either dropped from aircraft or landed by troop carriers or gliders, right through to the end of the Second World War.
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A comprehensive history of airborne warfare and forces from 1918-1945L'autore:
Peter Harclerode was commissioned into the Irish Guards in 1967, serving in the UK, Middle East and Far East. In 1973 he transferred to the 2nd King Edward VII's Own Goorkhas (The Sirmoor Rifles), and served with the 1st Battalion in Brunei and Hong Kong. As a TA officer he also saw service with the SAS and the Parachute Regiment. He has also served in the SAS and the Parachute Regiment. He is now a full time author, established as one of Britain's leading writers on guerilla, terrorist and covert operations world wide.
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