German airborne divisions : Blitzkrieg 1940-41
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This title looks at the creation, evolution, and early operational deployment of the German airborne forces 'Fallschirmtruppe' , through highly detailed orders of battle, TOEs and examinations of crucial aspects such as doctrine, training, command and control, and the concept of vertical envelopment.
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The 1st battalion was landed by DFS gliders towed by Ju 52s of Luftlandegeschwader 1 , but the rest of the regiment was parachuted in the vicinity of Maleme airfield on 20 May However, reinforced by several battalions of the 5th Gebirgs Mountain Division that landed the next day they were able to force the New Zealanders to retreat. This was the only time in the war that the regiment fought as a complete unit.
Following the surrender of Crete, regiment forces were involved in mass reprisals against civilians in villages such as Kondomari , Alikianos and Kandanos. After reforming and refitting, the regiment took part in the fighting in the Soviet Union prior to and during the Soviet winter counter-offensive. The 2nd Battalion was deployed in the Army Group North sector. The 1st Battalion was flown to Smolensk on 6 December and then moved to the Yukhnow area, west of Kaluga , to bolster the German defenses there.