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German Special Forces of World War II
     

German Special Forces of World War II

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by Gordon Williamson
 

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A fascinating and long overdue study of the troops that made up Germany's elite special forces of World War II. Such forces included the legenday Skorzeny Commandos who carried out audacious tasks such as the glider-borne rescue of Mussolini, and the kidnapping of the son of the Hungarian regent, Admiral Horthy. This book also includes details of lesser-known units

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A fascinating and long overdue study of the troops that made up Germany's elite special forces of World War II. Such forces included the legenday Skorzeny Commandos who carried out audacious tasks such as the glider-borne rescue of Mussolini, and the kidnapping of the son of the Hungarian regent, Admiral Horthy. This book also includes details of lesser-known units such as the Brandenburgers, who operated behind enemy lines in captured uniforms, and the Kleinkampfverbönde who were the forerunners of modern-day naval combat troops like the US Navy SEALs. Complete with uniform and kit detail together with action accounts of many of these daring operations, this book is a must-have for any special forces enthusiast.

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“This is a interesting read, and provides a useful overview of the organisation and activities of Germany's comparatively small band of Special Forces units.” —Military History Encyclopedia on the Web (November 2009)

“Other recommendations for specialty military history collections include Gordon Williamson's German Special Forces of World War II, telling of German's wartime elite units.” —The Bookwatch (January 2010)

“In his book, author Gordon Williamson has a look at the beginnings of these forces, including the rivalry between the army and the Waffen SS. Then there are sections on these units in the Army, SS, Kriegsmarine, and Luftwaffe. All of this is illustrated by a goodly selection of period photographs and that artwork of Mike Chappell. This includes uniforms that were worn by the various units through the war. A truly interesting and somewhat unique look at units that have not had all that much written about them. A book I found quite engrossing and one that I can easily recommend to you.” —Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness, www.modelingmadness.com (February 2010)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780969992
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
06/20/2012
Series:
Elite , #177
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
687,771
File size:
10 MB

Meet the Author

Gordon Williamson was born in 1951 and currently works for the Scottish Land Register. He spent seven years with the Military Police TA and has published a number of books and articles on the decorations of the Third Reich and their recipients. He is the author of a number of World War II titles for Osprey. Mike Chappell comes from an Aldershot family with British Army connections stretching back several generations. He enlisted as a teenage private in the Royal Hampshire Regiment in 1952 and retired in 1974, as RSM of the 1st Battalion The Wessex Regiment (Rifle Volunteers), after seeing service in Malaya, Cyprus, Swaziland, Libya, Germany, Ulster and home garrisons. He began painting military subjects in 1968 and has gained worldwide popularity as a military illustrator. Mike has written and illustrated many books for Osprey. Mike currently lives in France.

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German Special Forces of World War II 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
AHK More than 1 year ago
Good little overhead view of German Special Forces in WWII along usual Osprey standards. Excellent color plates as well as good photos are included. The sea-borne coverage of forces was refreshing. A good starter for beginners and veterans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago