Why didn't the Nazis Have "Special Forces" - Page 5




 
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February 10th, 2009  
LeEnfield
 
 
Aussie Nick.......Britain did not invent the Commandos the Boers did in Boer War we just developed it a bit more, and that is where the word Commandos come from.
March 14th, 2009  
gotcha1234
 
The SS and their ''prisoner soldiers army''(i can't find the word in english)
were serving them pretty well as special force.
March 18th, 2009  
Balkan-MiG
 
 
I guess the Gestapo was more of a secret service [They had spies all over France, looking to find information on the resistance].
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March 19th, 2009  
Herr_Alvaro
 
Well the term Special Forces was primary used by the allied at first and although Germany didn´t have this so called Special Forces per-se, they had the Paratroopers (Fallschirmjäger) which can be consider as Special Forces.
This troops where better than the regular army, better trained and equiped, and they where used not just as the tip of the spear only but also to conduct behind enemy lines operations. This Troopers during operation Merkur (Creta) took the entire island but their loses where so great that Hitler decided not to use them anymore.
This men where feared and respected by all. Most of today Tactics are still based on theirs and specially those used by "Special Forces".

Best Regards
March 24th, 2009  
Panzercracker
 
The Germans had specialized SS units which were copied down to a button down from British commandos, they had specialized fallshimjager companies for covert insertion and operations and even special Wehrmacht units, they just did not use the name "special forces".

Who do you think captured Eben Emael.
March 26th, 2009  
BritinAfrica
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Panzercracker
The Germans had specialized SS units which were copied down to a button down from British commandos, they had specialized fallshimjager companies for covert insertion and operations and even special Wehrmacht units, they just did not use the name "special forces".

Who do you think captured Eben Emael.
Not quite.
Eben Emael was captured before the British Commando's were formed.

Eben Emael captured 11th May 1940

British Commando's formed June 1940
April 14th, 2009  
Lepage
 
 

Topic: Brandenburger


The Germans special forces or comando equivalent in WWII were "Brandenburger"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brandenburgers
December 21st, 2009  
Cpl. Jones (SAW)
 
i thought the germans had some form of special forces the S.S. crack panzer divition.
December 21st, 2009  
lljadw
 
a panzer division is not a special force ;the German parachute divisions ,formed after Mercurius,were infantry units,that were given the name of parachute divisions
April 17th, 2010  
cisco
 
There seem to be some misunderstandings.
1.st Stormtroopers (german: Stosstruppen") havent been Special Forces in the way we know them Today (and belonged to the german imperial army anyway). These Stormtroopers have been formed to break the trench warfare stalemate (the allies attempted to do so by deploying Tanks). Stormtroopers have been regular army units, trained to work in small units to infiltrate the enemies trenchlines and take important points of defense (eg. command posts) out of action while avoiding to engage points of strong resistance (leaving that to the following u regular infantry. (these so called hutier tactics became art of the regular german tactics after WW I.

Units like Großdeutschland, leibstandarte eg. have ben "regular" SS Units. Elite surely, but not at all SF.

The "Werwolf" is a Myth and far from elite or Special Forces. The Werwolf was supposed to start a guerillia warfare after allied occupation but never did anything worth mentioning. Purely armed and trained the Werwolf movement crumbled imideately (there may have been a handfull of attemps, but nothing coordinated or of any importance).

What can be called Special Forces are: The Brandenburgers, Handpicked small paratrooper and SS Units like Skrzenis and may be some Navy units like the "Kampfschwimmer (formed after their italian predecessors) or the suicide units riding these ridicilous converted torpedos.

The Gestapo was a (secret) Police Unit and is far overrated.