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Assault Troops/Stormtroops
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Assault Troops/Stormtroops

Small, well-equipped, and well-armed combat force, most often of platoon strength.

A German assault unit (Stosstrupp) was a diverse group of soldiers that were required and qualified to carry out limited objective operations. Assault or shock troops were armed with rifles, hand grenades, light trench mortars and flamethrowers, as well as light machine guns. Frequently they were accompanied by signal troops and combat engineers. As a rule these formations were commanded by experienced o…

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Gross, Gerhard P., “Assault Troops/Stormtroops”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 02 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2015

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