FallschirmjÃ¤ger (often incorrectly rendered Fallschirmjager in English, correct would be Fallschirmjaeger) is the German word for paratroopers. They played an important role during World War II, when, together with the GebirgsjÃ¤ger they were perceived as the elite infantry units of the German Wehrmacht. After World War II, they were reconstituted as parts of postwar armed forces of both West and East Germany, mainly as special ops troops.
German FallschirmjÃ¤ger in World War II were the first paratroopers to be committed in large-scale airborne operations. They came to be known as the "green devils" by the Allied forces they fought against, as well as for their uniquely distinct Esprit de corps.