|Silent Wings - The Saga
of the U.S. Army and Marine Combat Glider Pilots During World War II
Author: Gerard M. Devlin
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Hard Cover, 410 pages, Illustrated with over 125 photographs (black &
white) and 14 maps
5.71 x 8.46 x 1.54 inches (145 x 215 x 39 mm)
From the Dust Jacket
The combat glider pilots were a rough and ready breed, not bashful about
saying that the "G" on their silver wings stood for guts. Their
special daring is captured in these pages.
This engrossing history presents for the
first time a single volume detailed accounts of every air assault and
land battle fought by American glider pilots in the European, Pacific,
and China-Burma-India Theaters during World War II. British,
German, Japanese, Italian, and Russian glider actions are also covered
in dramatic detail.
Silent Wings makes the reader
virtually a passenger in the cockpits of heavily laden gliders
performing their hair-raising crash landings far behind enemy lines.
Readers will discover how American strategists in the late 1930s
rejected the very idea of military gliders until they were used with
devastating effect by Germany against Belgium's seemingly impregnable
Fort Eben Emael in May of 1940. From that point forward, America
rushed into frantic glider production and pilot training - yielding some
stunning successes as well as some spectacular air disasters - and
produced the most formidable glider force in the world.
During his five years of research for
this book, Gerard M. Devlin interviewed hundreds of pilots who took part
in battles around the globe during World War II. He spoke with the
flight engineers who conducted the initial research and development of
these remarkable aircraft, as well as with the troops who rode in
gliders and the men who led them - American airborne leaders such as
U.S. Army Generals Gavin, Ridgeway, Swing, Yarborough, Miley, and
Harper. Lavishly illustrated with maps and photographs, this
panoramic book is top-of-the-line military history by a master of the