Hitler's Mountain Troops 1939-1945 (Paperback)
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Hitler’s mountain troops or Gebirgsjager were a group of elite soldiers ready for battle, whatever the conditions. These mountain men were trained to ski, climb and endure long marches, survive appalling conditions and were given a role as crack shock troops. Yet many of the campaigns in which the Gebirgsjager fought were on level ground where they had little opportunity to demonstrate their unique skills. Instead, they were invariably employed as assault infantry in conventional battle, a role in which every individual trooper excelled, but not one for which they had been trained. They fought in virtually all theatres of World War, notably on the Eastern Front, where operations took them into the Caucasus. The Gebirgsjager were proud to wear the Edelweiss, the famous badge that set them apart and distinguished them as Hitler’s mountain men.
This superb book shows the Gebirgsjager in training and action from Poland, Norway and France, through Yugoslavia, the Eastern Front and in the closing stages of the War.
The book presents interesting comments about the Gebirgsjager but its main focus is illustrative. It is an excellent "Images of War" and presents numerous rare photographs from various wartime archives. The quality of the images is outstanding and they have been arranged with the chronology of the Gebirgsjager in mind. The photos illustrate men, their equipment and the conditions in which they had to fight.www.MilitaryArchiveResearch.com
If the history of the Gebirgsjager appeals to you or you are interested in the specialities of mountain warfare then this book comes highly commended.
As a photographic work, the author is to be commended for highlighting this branch of the Wehrmacht and it is a book I would certainly recommend buying.www.ww2talk.com - April 2011