(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Lawrence Paterson http://lawrencepaterson.com is the author of more than 20 WWII history books. The book Fallschirm-Panzer-Division ‘Hermann Göring’: A History of the Luftwaffe’s Only Armoured Division, 1933–1945 was published in February o this year.
The Fallschirm unit dates from 1933. Göring created it for his personal protection. He wanted a force under his control that would rival the SS units controlled by Himmler. It was, in effect, a militarized police unit within the Luftwaffe. Over time it grew in size to a Brigade and finally into a Division.
As the war progressed, the Fallschirm Division was deployed alongside the Wehrmacht. The unit saw action in Poland, the Low Countries, and France during 1939 and 1940. It later saw action on the Eastern Front, then in North Africa. They later confronted the Allies in both Sicily and Italy. As the war wound down to a close, it was pulled back to defend the homeland.
The author details the leaders of the Division as well as the various deployments. It was often broken up, with smaller subunits serving in different areas.
I enjoyed the 11 hours I spent reading this 348-page WWII history. Until I read this book, I did not realize that it was a Luftwaffe Infantry/Panzer unit. I found it particularly interesting that they encountered the US 36th Infantry Division in Italy. The 36th was formed around the Texas National Guard in 1940. I have been a docent the last three years at the Texas Military Forces Museum on Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas. That is the headquarters of the Texas National Guard, and we are the museum for the 36th. I like the chosen cover art. I give this book a rating of 3.6 out of 5.
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