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Osprey's study of the troops that made up Germany's elite special forces of World War II (1939-1945). Such forces included the legenday Skorzeny Commandos who carried out such audacious tasks 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 KleinkampfverbÀnde who were the forerunners of modern-day naval ...
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Overview

Osprey's study of the troops that made up Germany's elite special forces of World War II (1939-1945). Such forces included the legenday Skorzeny Commandos who carried out such audacious tasks 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 KleinkampfverbÀnde 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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Editorial Reviews

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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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780969992
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/19/2012
  • Series: Elite , #177
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 922,481
  • File size: 11 MB
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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. The author lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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Table of Contents

Introduction

Abwehr and SS rivalry - Wilhelm Canaris - Otto Skorzeny 4

The Army 6

The Brandenburgers: Theodore von Hippel - Ebbinghaus Group, Poland, 1939 Special Duties Battalion 800 - Holland, 1940

Special Duties Regiment 800 - the Balkans, 1941 North Africa, 1942-43: Von Koenen Detachment - Special Units 287 & 288

Operation Barbarossa, 1941 - Maikop, 1942

Dispersed operations, 1942-44

Panzergrenadier Division 'Brandenburg', 1944-45

The Waffen-SS 20

SS Special Duties Unit Friedenthal - SS Light Infantry Battalion 502

The Mussolini raid, July 1943 - Berlin, July 1944 - Walter Girg - the Horthy raid, October 1944

Panzerbrigade 150: the Ardennes, December 1944

The Oder front, February-April 1945

SS-Paratroop Battalion 500: Bosnia, 1944 - the Tito raid - Lithuania - Budapest

SS-Paratroop Battalion 600: the Oder front, January-March 1945 - the Berlin front, April 1945

The Kriegsmarine 45

Small Battle Units, April 1944: Helmuth Heye and Fritz Frauenheim

Lehrkommandos 200, 250, 300, 350, 600 & 700: Sprengboote, midget submarines, one-man torpedoes, assault boats and frogmen

The Luftwaffe 56

Kampfgeschwader 200: Werner Baumbach

Covert use of Allied aircraft - Mistel 'flying bombs'

Manned V1s - long-range operations

Summary 63

Index 64

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  • Posted February 19, 2010

    Osprey Standard

    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.

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