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Hitler's Brandenburgers

The Third Reich's Elite Special Forces

Paterson, Lawrence

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Greenhill Books
01 October 2018
History; European history; 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000; Second World War; Special & elite forces
A fitting tribute to Germany's clandestine warriors, and a guarantee that their extraordinary efforts have not been relegated to comparative obscurity or entirely forgotten' - David R Higgins. Hitler's daring and pioneering Brandenburgers special forces served in every German theatre of action. This is the most comprehensive account of an unusual and profoundly successful band of men. Lawrence Paterson traces the origins of the small unit, before the outbreak of war in 1939, as the brainchild of Admiral Canaris and part of his Abwehr intelligence unit through through to its breaking up in 1944 when it was largely converted to a, conventional Panzergrenadier division. At that point, many Brandenburgers transferred to Otto Skorzeny's SS Jagdverbande. It is well-known that German troops disguised themselves as Allied troops for the Battle of the Bulge - but less well known the Brandenburger operations used such disguises - more effectively -in in advance of the Blitzkrieg in 1939-41. Despite their profound success as commando raiding troops their history has been overshadowed by equivalent Allied units and largely ignored. However, within North Africa the Brandenburgers employed similar techniques to the SAS and LRDG, at first earning Erwin Rommel's disapproval for their unorthodox methods until he began to feel the effect of similar Allied raids. Paterson details the roles of key individuals, such as Theodor von Hippel, along with forensic details of key operations. He explodes many of the myths about the unit and provides a clear and comprehensive history of this key part of the Wehrmacht. AUTHOR: Lawrence Paterson has written several books on various aspects of the U-boat war, including U-Boat War Patrol, Weapons of Desperation, Donitz's Last Gamble, Hitler's Grey Wolves and a new biography of Otto Kretschmer. He lives in Taranto, Italy and is drummer in a heavy metal band. 75 b/w illustrations
By:   Paterson Lawrence
Imprint:   Greenhill Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9781784382285
ISBN 10:   1784382280
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   01 October 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Lawrence Paterson has written several books on various aspects of the U-boat war, including U-Boat War Patrol, Weapons of Desperation, Donitz's Last Gamble, Hitler's Grey Wolves and a new biography of Otto Kretschmer. He lives in Taranto, Italy and is drummer in a heavy metal band. David R. Higgins is the author of several military history books and has written articles for magazines such as Strategy & Tactics, Armchair General, World at War and Modern War. He has appeared on television's Greatest Tank Battles.

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