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Airborne: A Guided Tour of an Airforce Task Force by Tom Clancy

By Tom Clancy

A great, clean 2009 retail ePub of 1 of Tom Clancy's nonfiction books.

They are America's entrance lines—serving proudly in ahead parts around the globe. Representing some of the best from the military and Air strength, the Airborne job strength is an unstoppable mixture of manpower and firepower. Now, Tom Clancy examines this elite department of our nation's militia. With pinpoint accuracy and a method extra compelling than any fiction, the acclaimed writer of government Orders can provide an interesting account of the Airborne juggernaut—the humans, the know-how, and Airborne's undertaking in an ever-changing world...

  • Two Tom Clancy "mini-novels"—real international eventualities regarding the airborne job force
  • Airborne's guns of the twenty first century, together with the Javelin anti-tank missile, the fiber-optically guided N-LOS fireplace aid method, and the Joint Strike Fighter
  • 18 weeks: existence in an Airborne Alert Brigade
  • Exclusive pictures, illustrations, and diagramsPLUS: An in-depth interview with the incoming commander of the 18th...
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    Interrogation of prisoners confirmed that the attack was postponed by two days at the last moment. As a result the evasive maneuver had to be repeated on three successive nights. On the first day the Russians either did not notice the withdrawal because German rear guards left in the forward positions simulated the weak routine harassing fire or they lacked time to react to this sudden change. On the second day they attacked several evacuated positions with combat teams up to regimental strength and pushed back the rear guards.

    In the face of an imminent enemy attack, many towns suddenly became improvised fortresses and had to suffer encirclement and siege as if they were wellequipped strongholds that had been systematically constructed and provisioned over a number of years. A commander was appointed for each fortress, given absolute powers, and put under a special oath. He thereby received authority of life and death over all persons within his jurisdiction and could employ them as he saw fit, even though most of them were merely passing through his territory.

    Another method of evading fire concentrations and a subsequent break-through was the adoption of elastic defense tactics in a deeply echeloned system of machine gun strong points which, however, often lacked the necessary resiliency to stop a major enemy attack. A method frequently applied by the Germans as another form of evasion can best be compared with saber-fencing tactics. A cut is warded off by sudden retirement with appropriate guard, followed by an immediate counterthrust which will permit the fencer to regain his former position.

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