By Ian Baxter
Hitler's mountain troops or Gebirgsjager have been a bunch of elite infantrymen prepared for conflict, regardless of the stipulations. those mountain males have been proficient to ski, climb and suffer lengthy marches, live to tell the tale appalling stipulations and got a job as crack surprise troops. but a number of the campaigns within which the Gebirgsjager fought have been on point floor the place they'd little chance to illustrate their specified abilities. as an alternative, they have been normally hired as attack infantry in traditional conflict, a job within which each person trooper excelled, yet no longer one for which they'd been trained.
They fought in almost all theaters of global battle II, significantly at the japanese entrance, the place operations took them into the Caucasus. The Gebirgsjager have been proud to put on the Edelweiss, the well-known badge that set them aside and individual them as Hitler's mountain males. This great booklet exhibits the Gebirgsjager in education and motion from Poland, Norway and France, via Yugoslavia, the japanese entrance and within the final levels of the War.
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