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German Assault Troops of World War I: Organization Tactics Weapons Equipment Orders of Battle Uniforms Hardcover – May 1 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing (May 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764340360
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764340369
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 3.2 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2 Kg
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaaa1cd44) out of 5 stars Geneses of the STORMTROOPER June 25 2012
By T.A.L. Dozer - Published on
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Geneses of the STORMTROOPER

"German Assaualt Troops of World War I" by Thomas Wictor is a magnificent book and subject that has had limited detailed study with supporting documentation and photography. As stated in the description this mammoth book covers in extreme and concise detail the organization, tactics, weapons, equipment, order of battle, uniforms and insignia. As well this book briefly delves into some of the famous battles such as Verdun, Riga, Cambrai, but as the author states in the book that a certain level military and historical knowledge of the period is expected of the reader. However, this does not distract from this book at all and reader can find countless volumes about the period and the stated battles for further study or reference. Overall, this is by far one of the best books on the subject I have read to date and as a bonus this just a beautifully formatted and high quality publication.


1. early assault troops
2. the first official assault units
3. the further development of assault tactics
4. assault Battalion Rohr, Mountain Troops, and Jager
5. Verdun and the Somme
6. the eastern and Balkan fronts
7. official Army assault battalions; elastic defense
8. mortars, grenade launchers, assault artillery, and machine guns
9. short training courses in assaults tactics
10. instructions for shock troops
11. large-scale attacks by assault troops
12. infantryman transformed into assault troops
13. the spring offensives
14. tanks and antitank warfare
15. expeditionary forces and the final assaults
Appendix 1: instructions for the employment of flame projectors
Appendix 2: badges of assault units

(Hardcover, 9"x11", 339 pages, profusely illustrated with line drawings and period photography)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaaa1cf90) out of 5 stars Excellent June 2 2014
By J. Kindred - Published on
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Excellent book on a subject rarely touched on in the detail the author of this book has done. Detailed descriptions of the units, uniforms and equipment. The collection of photos in this volume is one of the finest I have ever seen, worth the price of the book alone. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in WWI uniforms and equipment.

Mr. Wictor, thank you for taking the time to document the history of these often overlooked WWI soldiers.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaaa1cf54) out of 5 stars German Assault Troops Book April 20 2014
By Emily - Published on
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As a collector of photographs from the Great War, I am interested in as much information about the uniforms,equipment and strategy of these soldiers as I can gather. This book on German assault troops provides a tremendous amount of information on all aspects of these soldiers.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaaa22264) out of 5 stars German assault troops of WW1 Jan. 7 2014
By James Michaud - Published on
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Great photos, great information! I highly recommend this book to any and all WW1 historians as it provides newly released information about these units.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaaa222c4) out of 5 stars Excellent Book May 9 2015
By Hope for the Best - Published on
Format: Hardcover
An excellent book on the German assault troops in the First World War and the genesis of the storm troopers. The detail is amazing in this work and it is one of the most informative books about WWI I've read. After reading about the Great War since the 50th anniversary in 1964 when I was 13, I am taken aback that with the centenary of the war beginning, I never knew that German troops often wore their helmets backwards to improve vision. The Turks and Bulgarians, among others, even manufactured a modified version of the iconic German helmet, as did the Germans themselves later in the war. I wonder why this is seldom if ever mentioned anywhere else in the literature of the war.