Accession Number : ADA493762


Title :   Gliders of World War II: 'The Bastards No One Wanted'


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIR AND SPACE STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Manion, Michael H


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a493762.pdf


Report Date : Jun 2008


Pagination or Media Count : 104


Abstract : This study examines the role of combat gliders in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States during World War II (WWII). The 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 glider operations in the China-Burma-India Theater to the operations in Europe to describe the unique challenges they posed based on terrain and mission. Next, the 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.


Descriptors :   *UNITED KINGDOM , *OBSOLESCENCE , *MILITARY HISTORY , *GERMANY(EAST AND WEST) , *GLIDERS , *SECOND WORLD WAR , *UNITED STATES , THESES , COSTS , MISSIONS , MILITARY PROCUREMENT , CHINA , BURMA , PILOTS , MILITARY DOCTRINE , INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION , FLIGHT TRAINING , MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , EUROPE , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , INDIA


Subject Categories : Gliders and Parachutes
      Humanities and History
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE