German Stormtroopers World War One




 
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November 26th, 2005  
Bory
 
 

Topic: German Stormtroopers World War One


Dose anyone have any information on the German Stormtroopers in World War One. We have been learning about Operation St Michael in Modern History at School and I am interested in learning more about the Stormtroopers. I can't find too much info at school or on Google.
November 26th, 2005  
Whispering Death
 
 
All I know "outside of google searching" is general information. They where excellent infiltration troops and, historically, are the German "line-breaking" equiviliant to the Allied Tanks. Their tactics where to infiltrate a portion of the line and then surprise the allies by attacking it sideways, down the length of the line.

If my memory serves me correct (I'm not an expert on WW1) the Stormtroopers faced similar strategic problems as the Allied Tank assaults; namely that when they scored a victory, it was not followed-up upon quick enough as modern armies would 'exploit' such a breach.
November 26th, 2005  
Bory
 
 
yeah thats about all I can find on them. I don't know why there isn't allot of info on them out there
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November 26th, 2005  
CanadianCombat
 
 
german ST were a well trained fighting unit thats main task was to break the lines and create an opening for the regular infantry to advance on. ST were basicly paratroopers without parachutes because they would get behind enemy lines and seize bridges, towns, roads, etc. They were masters in hand to hand combat using grenades, pistols, riles, MG 08/15 light machine gun, and even shoves and knifes to silent ly kill their enemies at night. one of the most famous weapons used by the ST was the flamethrower.

hope this helped a little.
November 26th, 2005  
LeEnfield
 
 
They worked in small groups and had some of the first sub machine guns, instead of advancing in mass at the allied trenches they would attack in small groups using as much cover as they could find, they were well armed and well motivated and broke through the allied lines on a number occasions. They would not attack strong points but would leave those alone for the troops that followed there attack to deal with them. This sort of attack was very effective, but at the time they developed this assault then they they did not have the strength in numbers to be decisive and it would run out of steam and stop. They would then get heavily shelled and pushed back to were they started from
November 27th, 2005  
Fox
 
 
That's why I want Stormtrooper for my future paintball team. It sound cool name. Was Hitler part of Stormtrooper? I heard he was a war hero.
November 27th, 2005  
Whispering Death
 
 
No, Hitler was a messenger for the German Army. His claim to heroism was that he volunteered for the more dangerous missions to get the dispatches to the commanders under enemy fire. He was temporarily blinded in a poison gas attack, but he wasn't a stormtrooper.
November 28th, 2005  
Usefullidiot
 
From "The First World War"

On the 25 of Frebruary 1914 a German Stormtrooper and nine other men assaulted the largest fort of Verdun. Douaumont Fort, considered the most impregnable bastion of the world, was protected by barbed wire, spiked barricades, a 24 foot deep moat and a 12 foot high front wall. Felix Kunze the german stormtrooper passed all the obsticles and then went right to the front door and opened it leting the rest of his men in. Him and his remaining two men went from room to room completely surprising the soldiers manning the guns. They took the fort and 58 prisoners that night.

Im not sure if this was world war 1 or 2 but there was a squad of 12 german stormtroopers who were parachuted on top of a castle and then took it by dropping gas bombs through the ventilations and using flamethrowers to clear rooms of men still alive.
November 28th, 2005  
Fox
 
 
I don't think WW1 has Flamethrower, did they?
November 29th, 2005  
Bory
 
 
Fox: The flamethrower was invented, either just before, or shortly after the start of WWI.

Usefullidiot: I beleive those ST's who parachuted onto the castle roof were in WWII. Mainly because Transport aircraft were not invented till the late 20's, early 30's.