Elite 198 US World War II Parachute Infantry Regiments. Paperback
US World War II Parachute Infantry Regiments. Elite 198
Author: Gordon L. Rottman; Illustrator: Mark Stacey
Paperback; January 2014; 64 pages
The parachute infantry regiments were among the most highly decorated US Army units of World War II, and between them they saw action right across the world. The elite nature of these units led to them being committed to action not only in the way that had been intended; their quality tempted commanders to keep them in the line longer than their light armament justified, and they were tested to the limit. This engaging study traces the story of each of the 17 regiments, from their creation and training in the USA, through their deployments overseas, to their combat jumps and all their battles. The book is illustrated with wartime photographs, many previously unpublished, and eight full-colour plates detailing the specifics of their uniforms, insignia, and equipment practices, which often differed from unit to unit.
- The US parachute infantry regiment, 1942: recruitment – organization – training
- The US airborne division, 1942–45: organization
- Non-divisional regiments
- Regimental development, 1942–45: organization – equipment – employment – tactics
- Unit histories: 188th PIR – 501st PIR – 502nd PIR – 503rd PIR – 504th PIR – 505th PIR – 506th PIR – 507th PIR – 508th PIR - 509th PIR – 511th PIR – 513th PIR – 515th PIR – 517th PIR – 541st PIR – 542nd PIR – 551st PIR (in each case, entry includes activation, sources of personnel, training, overseas deployment, assignments, operations, combat jumps, commanders and other noted individuals e.g. Medal of Honor recipients, plus particular interesting aspects of that unit)
- Plate commentaries: detailed identification of uniform items, insignia, personal and auxiliary equipment items, etc.