A rare glimpse of the Brandenburger special forces in WWII. The Brandenburgers were perhaps the first modern special forces to be formed and their history is little known, making this personal memoir of a Brandenburger an important addition to the historical knowledge of WWII – Very Highly Recommended.
NAME: Blood and Soil, The Memoir of a Third Reich Brandenburger FILE: R2957 AUTHOR: Sepp De Giampietro PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword, Greenhill Books BINDING: hard back PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, Tyrol, Brandenburger, special forces, covert operations, German Army, Balkans, Eastern Front
IMAGE: B2957.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/yyp6r45l LINKS: DESCRIPTION: A rare glimpse of the Brandenburger special forces in WWII. The Brandenburgers were perhaps the first modern special forces to be formed and their history is little known, making this personal memoir of a Brandenburger an important addition to the historical knowledge of WWII – Very Highly Recommended. The author originally wrote this personal experience as a Brandenburger in the German language for publication in 1984. This edition has been expertly translated into English by Eva Burke. It is a unique story of a unit that was an important special operations unit of the Wehrmacht but is almost totally unknown. Special forces sit in the space between regular troops and the intelligence services of their country so that much of what they are tasked with is classified and therefore leaks into the public domain slowly was unit members write memoirs and official material is declassified. In the case of the Brandenburgers, much of their written material was lost in the intensive bombing of Germany and the chaos of defeat, but of greater importance is most probably a result of their very high casualty rates. In 1941, the author was involved in the attempted capture of the bridge at Bataisk, when half his unit was lost. That loss rate was by no mains unusual for the Brandenburgers and as the war progressed, many of the duties they would have undertaken were adopted by the SS. This very personal history of the Brandenburgers is told within the very particular context of South Tyrol from where the author originates. This is a fluently told story with a very interesting collection of illustrations, making a vivid record that provides a unique insight into the structure, activities, training and comradeship of a unit that has almost completely evaded the attentions of historians. There are many aspects of the story that are similar to the SS. The tasks included overt operations and espionage and involved many operations that were dangerous to foolhardy. The Brandenburgers attacked their objectives with the same fanatical zeal that the SS often displayed which explains why casualty rates were so high.