German Special Forces of World War II

German Special Forces of World War II

by Gordon Williamson, Mike Chappell

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780969992
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 06/20/2012
Series: Elite , #177
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 64
File size: 8 MB

About 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.

Table of Contents


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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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