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The Mountain Troops of the German Army in World War II were an elite of a special kind. Unlike the Panzer units, they did not field the mot modern equipment of their day. Unlike the Waffen-SS, they were not hand-picked for their Nazi loyalty. If anything, the respect attracted by their special cap and their Edelweiss insignia was earned by rather old-fashioned miltiary virtues - by sheer physical prowess, in uniquely testing conditions. The Gebirgsjager had to be able to do what other soldiers did - but in places where no other soldiers had the strength and the skills to go, and often in weather no other soldiers could face.
|Publication date:||23rd March 2009|
|Author:||Wade Krawczyk, Bart Jansen|
|Publisher:||The Crowood Press Ltd|
|Categories:||Second World War, European history, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, Land forces & warfare,|
Wade Krawczyk has been a military collector since the 1970s and has specialized in German Army Uniforms. In pursuit of research he has travelled widely in Europe and Russia. For many years he was a TV news cameraman and military correspondent on assignments around the globe. Since 1993 he has worked as a film and TV costumier, armourer and technical adviser mainly from the Warner Bros Studios on the Gold Coast. This is his fifth publication on German uniforms for Crowood. Resident - Brisbane, Australia Bart Jansen has been a collector of German militaria for more than 20 years, also a keen ...More About Wade Krawczyk, Bart Jansen