The Brandenburger Commandos: Germany's Elite Warrior Spies in World War II

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Stackpole Books, 2005 - History - 378 pages
  • Rare look into the secret military operations of Hitler's Germany
  • Page-turning narrative detailing the unit's exploits

    Very few books have been written about this clandestine operations unit, which was run by the German Army's intelligence service. Trained to be quick, mobile, and self-reliant and steeped in local customs and languages, the Brandenburgers operated behind enemy lines around the world. From Western Europe to Romania, Russia, Egypt, Afghanistan, and World War II's other fronts, they seized bridges and other strategic targets and engaged in sabotage, espionage, and other daring missions-often bending the rules of war in the process. Although the unit was dissolved in 1944, its tactics influenced special forces around the world both during the war and after.

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    Contents

    Actions before the War
    10
    Admiral Canaris House Unit
    24
    The Abwehr at War
    41
    The Afghan Company
    79
    The Abwehr in the Eastern Campaign
    94
    The Abwehr in the Campaign against Russia
    105
    Ausland Abwehr IIOperations in Iraq
    127
    Operations in Iran
    153
    Operations in Africa
    176
    Further Abwehr Operations in Russia
    207
    Major Reorganization
    233
    The New Brandenburg Training Regiment
    283
    The Abwehrs Navy
    295
    PanzerGrenadier Division Brandenburg
    329
    Appendices
    353
    Bibliography
    367

    LongRange Missions by the Abwehr
    167

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    About the author (2005)

    Franz Kurowski served as a reporter in the German Army during World War II and has since written over one hundred books. He lives in Germany.

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