Archive for Fallschirmjäger

German Hi Power Pistole 640(b)

Posted in Firearms with tags , , , , , , , on October 17, 2018 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgAfter the fall of Belgium in 1940, the FN factory was taken over by the Germans and this pistol, the Browning Hi Power P-35, was produced under occupation. This example is WaA marked 140 as is one of the magazines. That magazine also has the serif U mark. This pistol takes 9mm Parabellum ammunition like the Luger and Walther P-38.

G33/40 Mountain Carbine

Posted in Firearms with tags , , , , on November 18, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svg800px-Flag_of_Czechoslovakia Next up on the wall is a sweet, all matching, G33/40 Mountain Carbine. These rifles were essentially a German copy of the vz33 but considerably lightened by scavenging metal from any place they could find on the rifle to remove. Note the hollow bolt. The rifle is also characterised by the plate that extends up the stock from the butt plate. This was intended to protect the rifle from damage due to being used as a walking stick. The rifle, in addition to being issued to Gebirgsjäger, was also issued to any light infantry such as the Fallschirmjäger. Known for their brutal kick and excessive flash due to the light weight and short barrel, these were only made between 1940 and 42. The 945 code here is the early code for Brno, later it changed to dot.

Luftwaffe Double Barrelled Flare Gun

Posted in Flares and Flareguns with tags , , , , on May 23, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is my “Flieger-Leuchtpistole L.“, Aircrew Flare Gun (Luftwaffe). It is designed to take the standard 27mm German flare. This example was manufactured by Heinrich Krieghoff Waffenfabrik in 1942 and is composed of anodised aluminium. These models were also issued to Fallschirmjäger. I love the barrel switch and the load indicators, it’s almost steampunk in its design.

German Paratrooper Cap Badge

Posted in Cap Badges, Collar Dogs and Shoulder Titles with tags , on June 23, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_GermanyThis cap badge is from the modern Federal German army. In this case it is a paratrooper badge. Note the similarity in the eagle design to the WW2 Fallshirmjäger War Badge.

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Kreta Cuff Title

Posted in Spanges, Campaign Shields & Cuff Titles with tags , , , , on May 23, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis text book example of the Kreta cuff title would have bene issued to a veteran of the bloody campaign to capture the island of Crete in 1941.

This one would make a great research project as it is named to Alois Acko from Graz, Austria. I believe the Uffz that precedes his name is an abbreviation for Unteroffizier which is a Jerry rank approximating Lance-Sergeant or Sergeant. This is a rank used in the Fallshirmjäger so there’s a good chance this is a paratrooper award which makes it double plus good. I looked Alois up on the German Casualties Lists and couldn’t find him so it appears he survived the war.

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Luftwaffe Fallschirmspringerabzeichen

Posted in War & Wound Badges with tags , , , on April 21, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is a Luftwaffe issue Parachutist Badge made by GWL (Gerbruder Weger, Ludenscheid).

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