Book Review: “German Assault Troops of World War I”

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From Len Shurtleff

German Assault Troops of World War I, Thomas Wictor, Schiffer, 2011, 339 pages, bibliography, index, appendices, glossary, illustrations, ISBN 978 0 7643 4036 9. $69.95 hb.

This profusely illustrated coffee table-size book is typical of the quality of Schiffer Military & Maritime publications.  It includes information on the organization, tactics, weapons, equipment, uniforms and orders of battle of the elite stosstruppen who formed the backbone of Ludendorff’s abortive offensives of 1918.  Several primary documents are included to illustrate how German tactics and Allied counter measures were developed.  The author does not attempt to decide which among the several claimants developed shock troop tactics.

Other Schiffer books in this series include volumes on British and French aircraft of the Great War, Italian and Russian aces, the Lafayette Flying Corps, and US Naval Aviation in WWI, as well as any number of volumes on Imperial German uniforms.

A fully illustrated catalogue is available from www.schifferbooks.com.

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