German Special Forces Of World War Ii by Gordon WilliamsonGerman Special Forces Of World War Ii by Gordon Williamson

German Special Forces Of World War Ii

byGordon WilliamsonIllustratorMike Chappell

Paperback | November 24, 2009

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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 Kleinkampfverbände 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.
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 Edinburg...
Title:German Special Forces Of World War IiFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.19 × 6.29 × 0.24 inPublished:November 24, 2009Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1846039207

ISBN - 13:9781846039201

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Editorial Reviews

"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, (February 2010)