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Hitler's Mountain Troops 1939-1945 (ePub)

The Gebirgsjager

Military Photographic eBooks WWII > Battles & Campaigns > Norway in WWII WWII > German Forces & Weaponry WWII > Photographic eBooks

By Ian Baxter
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
File Size: 12.9 MB (.epub)
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781783038558
Published: 17th January 2011


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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.
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

About Ian Baxter

Ian Baxter is a much-published author and photographic collector whose books draw an increasing following. Among his many previous titles in the Images of War Series are Hitler’s Boy Soldiers, Nazi Concentration Camp Commandants, The Ghettos of Nazi Occupied Poland, German Army on the Eastern Front – The Advance, German Army on the Eastern Front – The Retreat, The Crushing of Army Group (North) and the SS Waffen Division series including SS Leibstandarte Division, SS Totenkopf Division At War, Waffen SS of the Baltic States, Waffen SS at Arnhem and Waffen SS in the Ardennes. He lives near Chelmsford, Essex.

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