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

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Stackpole Books, Sep 27, 2005 - History - 304 pages
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  • 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

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Actions before the War 10
The Wartime Organization of the Abwehr 15
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
LongRange Missions by the Abwehr 167
Operations in Africa 176
Further Abwehr Operations in Russia 207
Major Reorganization 233
The New Brandenburg Training Regiment 283
The Abwehrs
PanzerGrenadier Division Brandenburg 329
Appendices 353

Ausland Abwehr IIOperations in Iraq 127
Operations in Iran 153

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