Among the Firsts: Paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne on D-Day - OSS Field Commander for Operation Rype

Lieutenant Colonel Gerhard L. Bolland's Unconventional Wars

Matthew T. Bolland

The story of one of the first qualified paratroopers, who went on to work in covert operations for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). It offers fascinating insights to the struggles and successes that came from new methods of fighting, and how unconventional tactics can have a considerable effect on the outcome of any war.
Publication date:
April 2022
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
Language:
English
Illustration :
Photographs and maps
Format Available     Quantity Price
Hardback
ISBN : 9781636241210

Dimensions : 228 X 152 mm
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Overview
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• The story of Lieutenant Colonel Gerhard L. Bolland, one of the first qualified paratroopers, who having jumped into battle on D-Day with the 82nd Airborne, then joined the Scandinavian Section of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in London

• Offers first-hand account details what it was like to be involved in the inception of cloak and dagger operations, including all the risks, dangers, successes and outcomes rolled up into the operation known as Rype: a mission crucial to Allied success in World War II but one that is little known

• Reveals what went right and what went wrong with these new and unconventional methods of fighting, and how unconventional tactics can have a considerable effect on the outcome of any war.

Unconventional warfare tactics can have a considerable effect on the outcome of any war. During World War II, the United States government developed and employed two new methods of fighting. The first was the development of 'paratroop' units, as they were first called. The second was the formation of a covert and sabotage operations branch called the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Lt. Colonel Bolland was involved in both of these 'firsts'. During the D-Day invasion he parachuted behind enemy lines, jumping out of the 82nd Airborne lead aircraft with General James Gavin. After fighting with the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment for thirty-three days straight, he returned to England and became involved with the OSS Scandinavian Section. He served as Field Commander for their Operation, code named Rype. This was the only American military undertaking, albeit covert, in Norway during the entire course of the war.

As a young boy growing up in rural western Minnesota, Bolland got his military start with the Minnesota National Guard, before being accepted to West Point, solely on merit. His military career lasted seventeen years. Lt. Colonel Bolland ended up with numerous decorations including the Norwegian Liberation Medal and Citation, the Bronze Star for valour, the French Fouragerre of Croix de Guerre with Palms and posthumously the Congressional Gold medal awarded to the OSS Society on behalf of all former OSS members that served during the war.

His story reveals the struggles, successes, failures and ultimate victories, detailing what went right and what went wrong with these new unconventional methods of fighting.