Brandenburgers were the special forces (commandos) of the Abwehr*. The Abwehr scoured the Reich to find Slavs, Poles and other ethnics willing to fight for Germany. Every recruit had to be fluent in at least one foreign language. However, many recruits were fluent in several. The recruits were also schooled in the customs and traditions of their specific region. Knowing every habit and mannerism in their area of operations would enable the men to blend in and operate as effective saboteurs.
- Ok, they didn’t really form until 1939 but hey, what’s a few years between friends?