Storm Troops (German: Strum Truppen) was originally the name for certain special formations of picked troops, first employed by the Germans in 1916 in the fighting at Verdun, and comprising men selected from all divisions for leading attacks as a "forlorn hope." They were composed of young men, bachelors, or married men without children, and were parcelled out, usually in "Assault Companies," each 100 strong, under command of specially trained officers with attached squads of Bombers, Gunners and flame-projector men.
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- Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.272.
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