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Gliders of World War II : "the bastards no one wanted"

Author: Michael H Manion
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Pickle Partner Publishing, 2015.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This study examines the role of combat gliders in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States during World War II (WWII). This thesis compares and contrasts each country with respect to pre-WWII glider experience, glider and airborne doctrine, glider pilot training, and glider production while outlining each country's major glider operations. The author then compares the glider operations in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Manion, Major Michael H.
Gliders of World War II: 'The Bastards No One Wanted'.
San Francisco : Lucknow Books, ©2015
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael H Manion
ISBN: 9781786250681 1786250683
OCLC Number: 973831972
Description: 1 online resource (90 pages)
Contents: TABLE OF CONTENTS; ABOUT THE AUTHOR; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; ABSTRACT; Chapter 1 --
Introduction; Background; Significance of Topic; Research Question and Methodology; Overview and Organization; Chapter 2 --
German Gliders; Early Beginnings; Doctrine; Pilots and Training; Machines; Capture of Fort Eben Emael; Greece-Corinth Canal and Operation Merkur (Mercury); Back to the Future-Commando Raids; Conclusions; Chapter 3 --
British Gliders; Early Beginnings; Doctrine; Pilots and Training; Machines; Operation Freshman; Operation Ladbrooke; D-Day / Normandy; Operation Market-Garden. Operation Varsity-Rhine CrossingConclusions; Chapter 4 --
United States' Gliders; Early Beginnings; Doctrine; Pilots and Training; Machines; Operation Husky / Ladbrooke; Operations Chicago, Keokuk, Detroit, Elmira, Galveston, and Hackensack; Operation Market-Garden; Bastogne; Operation Varsity-Rhine Crossing; Conclusions; Chapter 5 --
Gliders in China-Burma-India; Background; Wingate's Vision; Pilots and Training; Machines; Operation Thursday; Conclusions; Chapter 6 --
Where Did the Gliders Go?; Introduction; Rapid Drawdown; The Decline of the Glider; The Army-Air Force Split. Post-War Army VisionPost-War Air Force Vision; Conclusion; Chapter 7 --
The Future of Gliders; BIBLIOGRAPHY.
Responsibility: by Michael H. Manion.

Abstract:

This study examines the role of combat gliders in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States during World War II (WWII). This thesis compares and contrasts each country with respect to pre-WWII glider experience, glider and airborne doctrine, glider pilot training, and glider production while outlining each country's major glider operations. The author then compares the glider operations in the China-Burma-India Theater to the operations in Europe to describe the unique challenges based on the terrain and mission. Next, this thesis presents an analysis of the glider's precipitous decline following WWII. The study concludes with recommendations for glider operations in the future based on the experiences of the past.

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