Purnell, 231 pp., 12 photo-plates + 8 maps. D.j., 22 x 14cm. V.G.+. The author tells for the first time the thrilling story of the Fallschirmjaeger, fanatical German paratroopers who made their outstanding debut during the invasion of Crete in 1941 and paradoxically, in spite of the undoubted victory they gained, thereby sowed the seeds of their own destruction. The image they imposed upon airborne troops has remained ever since, the distinctive uniform – the boots, the smock, the equipment. But as the author clearly shows, dropping troops into the battle zone from the air never proved successful. In this book he brings to life the changing moods of the German soldiery as he follows their fate through the war.