Gliders of World War II: ‘The Bastards No One Wanted’ - Major Michael H. Manion

Gliders of World War II: ‘The Bastards No One Wanted’

By Major Michael H. Manion

  • Release Date: 2015-11-06
  • Genre: Military
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Gliders of World War II: ‘The Bastards No One Wanted’ Major Michael H. Manion Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

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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