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A fascinating study of the beginnings of the parachute and its evolution into an instrument of warfare.  Devlin builds slowly to the full on use of parachute troops in WWII by laying the foundation and introducing the key players and events that led to D-Day and other major Airborne Operations in Europe and beyond.  So far its a great read.

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Update: I still haven’t finished the book but must say that Mr. Devlin has done a great job including almost every detail. Being a former paratrooper myself, I wish I had read this when I was still at Fort Bragg, jumping regularly.  I would recommend this book to every new paratrooper assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division as it would give them a new appreciation of their unit’s heritage.

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