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Hitler's Secret Commandos (Hardback)

Operations of the K-Verband

Maritime > Naval WWII > Hitler & the Third Reich

By Helmut Blocksdorf
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781844157839
Published: 22nd May 2008
Last Released: 7th July 2008



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Hitler's Secret Commandos is the history of the K-Verband naval commando unit, established in 1943 to reek havoc amongst invading allied forces involved in amphibious landings or actions, against German-occupied coasts. Following the Italian and British example, the basic idea was for a small, exceptionally well-trained and absolutely reliable commando force using the maximum element of surprise. Midget U-boats, and small torpedo-carrying craft along the lines of the "explosive boats" used by the Italian Navy, were designed for individual operations while a naval assault troop was formed for missions against important enemy operational targets near the sea after being landed from naval vessels offshore. Using German archive material, first-hand accounts and other published material this is the first comprehensive history of the K-Verband. It charts the development, structure, selection, training and equipment the Commando unit used together with a detailed narrative of the operations undertaken.The material has been translated from a German text, previously published in Germany with wide acclaim.

Definitely one for any WWII buff’s reading pile, and certainly a captive read for those entranced by the breadth of casualty-agnostic human warfighting ingenuity.

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Naval Review

This has been an interesting & a quite revealing read.

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5 out of 5

This book demonstrates acts of cold hard courage in the face of enemy action and natural elements in which they operated, in particular when they could see men go on operations never to return or very few return and then themselves do exactly the same next time. Should these units and their equipment have been developed earlier in World War two then a slightly different result may have emerged.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

"With many photographs which will be new to many readers this work overall is a very interesting work showing dedicated research by the author on a topic still very much under the radar of many readers. This book is highly recommended for the reader with an interest in special forces, naval technology and the more extraordinary aspects of WW2."

Martin Willoughby, The Wessex Branch of the Western Front Association


Terry Sutton MBE - inyourarea (website)

This great book looks at an area of German naval special forces that I didn't know much about. I was fascinated to see the designs of the various underwater craft used and to see that some of the men who used them, made it, despite the odds I bet! Definately recommended if you are into amphibious/special forces warfare.

Hugh Witt
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