By Gordon L. Rottman
Army gliders got here of age in global conflict II, while glider attack infantry have been the forerunners of today's helicopter-delivered airmobile troops. From the sunshine pre-war activities and coaching machines, numerous international locations built troop-carrying gliders able to getting a complete squad or extra of infantry, with heavy guns, onto the floor fast, with the apparatus that paratroopers easily couldn't hold. They made up at the least one-third of the energy folks, British, and German airborne divisions in significant battles, and so they conducted a number of bold coup de major raids and spearhead operations. even if, the hazards have been severe, the options have been tricky, the losses have been heavy (particularly in the course of evening operations), and the day of the glider attack was once rather short. This ebook explains the improvement and association of glider troops, their mounts, and the air squadrons shaped to tow them, the steep and dear learning-curve and the strategies that such troops realized to hire after they arrived at the battlefield.