Archive for Gebirgsjäger

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.

Death Card for Heinrich Resch in 1941

Posted in Paper with tags , , , , on May 21, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is an example of a German Memorial Death Card. Because of the fact that casualties were buried in the theatre there was no funeral to be had back home. Instead, German Catholic families would hold a memorial service and these cards would be distributed to family and friends. This card is to Heinrich Resch from Zweisel. He was a jäger in a Gebirgsjäger regiment, by the location of his grave and death date probably 4th Gebirgsjäger Division. He was killed in the east on the 17th of November 1941. He was born at Innenreid on the 25th of September 1922 making him 19 when he died. He is interred at Dinnitzjewka (Denysivka), which is somewhere near Stalino in the Ukraine.

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German Gebirgsjäger commander Karl Wintergerst inspects dispositions in the Ukraine, November 1941

German Gebirgsjäger commander Karl Wintergerst inspects dispositions in the Ukraine, November 1941