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by James Sidney Lucas

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ISBN:
0531037134
Author:
James Sidney Lucas
Category:
Europe
Language:
English
Publisher:
Jane's (1980)
Pages:
226 pages
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This book was the first history in English of the mountain troops of the German Army in World War II. The book begins with a brief introduction to the formation of these elite forces, including their special trainning. They were initially drawn from the Alpine and other high mountain regions and Germany and Austria as it was believed that they would have a natural ability to not only fight but live in high mountain territory. When Germany invaded Poland there were three divisions of mountain troops ("Gebirgsjaeger") in the German Army.

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Alpine elite: German mountain troops of World War II. by James Sidney Lucas.

Frontline Books, 24 февр. This gripping book tells the remarkable story of Germany's special forces military, naval and aerial during the Second World War. Although capable of stunning achievements against all the odds, the absence of proper coordination and planning resulted in a lost opportunity for Germany.

It is an indispensable reference for persons interested in combat in mountainous terrain.

Often they paved the way and led the storming advances or, when the German line was under pressure, held a rock-firm defence.

Alpine elite: German mountain troops of World War II Format: Hardcover Authors: James Sidney Lucas ISBN10: 0531037134 Published: 1980-01-01 Alpine elite: German mountain troops of World War II. Specifications.

Unlike some histories of Alpine troops, this one is very readable and doesn't get bogged down in heavy details like names of towns units pass through

Unlike some histories of Alpine troops, this one is very readable and doesn't get bogged down in heavy details like names of towns units pass through. While not a new book, it is still not outdated.

Book by Lucas, James Sidney
  • BroWelm
Unlike some histories of Alpine troops, this one is very readable and doesn't get bogged down in heavy details like names of towns units pass through. While not a new book, it is still not outdated.
  • Feri
Gebirgsjaeger in Action

This is the first book to provide substantial detailing of German Army and SS Mountain forces in World War Two, including order of battle, profiles on principals, and accounts of operations. Also the book covers material on uniforms, weapons, special equipment, and tactics. However, the book covers relatively little on counter-guerrilla and/or anti-partisan activities. The main focus and emphasis is on operations in Poland, Norway, the Balkans campaign, Crete, the Caucasus, and Finland. Overall, I have found this book to be highly readable and although the material is dated it is still historically significant in the study of modern special warfare. I believe that this title will appeal to the professional and armchair military historian and serving military personnel.
  • Thordibandis
A former British soldier compiles with loving care information about the German elite Gebirgsjaeger ("mountain") divisions in WWII. The book is dedicated to his wife, Edeltraude. Lucas spots the main paradox right away. These devout Catholic men from a loving and generous part of Austrian society were giving their very best to preserve a devil, who, if he had won, would have destroyed their entire way of life. He hints at an answer in their value system: their professionalism, pride of organization loyalty to each other, and above all their boyish glee in mountain-climbing and performing the seeming impossible. These are the men who, practically for a lark, planted the nazi flag atop the inaccessible Mt. Elbrus, where there were never any enemies. With regard to their ultimate fate against the Russian army, Lucas shrinks back from story-telling. ...The book includes black-and-white photos.
  • Amarin
Gebirgsjaeger in Action!

Still today, this book "Alpine Elite: German Mountain Troops of World War II" by James Lucas is one of the best English Language sources on the German mountain divisions of WWII. Based on extensive research and interviews with some 200 former members of the Gebirgsjaeger, the book provides both a stirring narrative of the exploits of the mountain units and a wealth of information on their equipment, organization, and tactics. It is an indispensable reference for persons interested in combat in mountainous terrain.
  • Jogrnd
Gebirgsjaeger in Action!

Still today, this book "Alpine Elite: German Mountain Troops of World War II" by James Lucas is one of the best English Language sources on the German mountain divisions of WWII. Based on extensive research and interviews with some 200 former members of the Gebirgsjaeger, the book provides both a stirring narrative of the exploits of the mountain units and a wealth of information on their equipment, organization, and tactics. It is an indispensable reference for persons interested in combat in mountainous terrain.
  • Heri
Gebirgsjaeger in Action!

Still today, this book "Alpine Elite: German Mountain Troops of World War II" by James Lucas is one of the best English Language sources on the German mountain divisions of WWII. Based on extensive research and interviews with some 200 former members of the Gebirgsjaeger, the book provides both a stirring narrative of the exploits of the mountain units and a wealth of information on their equipment, organization, and tactics. It is an indispensable reference for persons interested in combat in mountainous terrain.
  • RUL
This book was the first history in English of the mountain troops of the German Army in World War II.

The book begins with a brief introduction to the formation of these elite forces, including their special trainning. They were initially drawn from the Alpine and other high mountain regions and Germany and Austria as it was believed that they would have a natural ability to not only fight but live in high mountain territory. When Germany invaded Poland there were three divisions of mountain troops ("Gebirgsjaeger") in the German Army. As the war progressed, the number of divisions expanded (including the raising of several Waffen-SS mountain divisions) and they were broadly used in all theatres. For example, German mountain troops fought in all three Army Groups (North, Center, and South) in the war against the Soviet Union.

Although trained to fight and live in high mountain conditions, due to the vagaries of war and their excellent skills and physical conditioning, these troops were more often than not used in other areas.

Because of their wide use and dispersement, a history of all the campaigns they fought in would be beyond the scope of a book this size. The author wisely discusses the battlefield experiences and successes of different groups of these warriors in various campaigns from the beginnings of the war in Poland to the bitter end in Austria, in between are accounts of the fighting in Norway, the Balkans, Crete, Russia, Uman, the Caucasus mountains, and Finland.

Altogether, the book is a very good general introduction but the writing at times seems a bit dry, as the author concentrates on the fighting and movement of troops at the battalion and divisional level.

Included are brief chapters at the end on the Order of Battle, Weapons, Uniforms, and mini-biographies of major figures.