When first looking at today’s Pic of the Day, I thought I was looking at a modern photo, but something seemed a little off. The uniforms, for one thing. Then I dug a little deeper and found out this photo was taken about 80 years ago. 1944, to be precise.  What we see here are members of the German Army’s 1st Skijäger Brigade.

For those of you not familiar with umlauts, let me fill you in a little bit.

Meet the 1st Skijäger Brigade

The 1st Skijäger Brigade was a distinct and specialized unit within the German Wehrmacht during World War II, specifically formed to fight in challenging winter conditions using skis and other winter warfare techniques.

Here are more detailed aspects of this unit: