German Special Forces of World War Two
German paratroopers scored notable successes in the invasion of Holland in 1940 and Crete in 1941 but were not developed during the war to the extent of Allied special forces. This analysis, first published in 1985, investigates the reasons for this and explores the irregular units that were deployed by Germany, including the Brandenburgers, an elite force recruited from fluent speakers of foreign languages who were able to work covertly behind enemy lines.
German Kampfgruppen Action of World War Two
Kampfgruppen or 'battle groups' were specially created units within the German army formed to undertake specific operations. They often brought together members of disparate military units and could vary from small bands up to substantial formations, which were usually disbanded afterwards. First published in the 1990s, this title examines the role of these flexible shock troops and the part they played in executing Germany's blitzkrieg tactics throughout the Second World War.
German Action in the Field, 1939–1945
Compared with its British and American counterparts, the leaner command structure of the German Army during the Second World War placed more emphasis on the initiative and motivation of senior commanders in the field. This book, originally published in 2000, profiles 14 of the most successful of these officers, including Eduard Dietl, leader of land forces in the invasion of Norway and later in Eastern Europe, and Werner Kempf, the supreme Panzer tank commander.