Bundesarchiv Images release -1943

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What's the Rifle being held by the No2. on the gun?
 
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Just learned something !

I never knew the German Army wore "Gaiters" !
 
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Blue/GreenJob said:
PartTimePongo said:
What's the Rifle being held by the No2. on the gun?
Looks like a Gewehr 43 to me....
I was going to ask that...

Is it wrong to say he looks quite ally..?
 
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i am guessing its an svt 40

designated as SIG.259(r) by the Wehrmacht
 
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Blue/GreenJob said:
PartTimePongo said:
What's the Rifle being held by the No2. on the gun?
Looks like a Gewehr 43 to me....
..........but the magazine makes it look more like the Walther Gewehr 41: both were modelled on the US M1.

Gaiters? The German Army started to introduce them in 1943, when leather became short...........copied from the Brits - and we spent 50-odd years trying to get rid of the feckin' things.
 
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BIPOLAR77 said:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SVT-40
I'll go along with that....it's been a long fecking day....fecking Xmas shopping!!
 
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Slightly unexpected pic:

 
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Rumpelstiltskin said:
1943 Italy, so a captured piece or an issued Czech one?
 
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I almost dread to post this on Arrse, but:

 
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As far as the gaiters are concerned these were issued towards the end of the war when the cost of the full length boot became prohibitive. Design virtually identical to the British version. Very common is pictures post D Day.
 
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Rumpelstiltskin said:
Slightly unexpected pic:

Good spot Rumpel

I think that's a Freies Arabien soldier, and I think he's the same one as pictured here
 

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Fascinating archive.
 
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Rumpelstiltskin said:
I almost dread to post this on Arrse, but:


Ooooh, look! It's Yassir Arafat's uncle!
 
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BIPOLAR77 said:
Blue/GreenJob said:
BIPOLAR77 said:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SVT-40
I'll go along with that....it's been a long fecking day....fecking Xmas shopping!!
get any good bargains?

Yep, bargain basement agoraphobia sample, with a bit of irrational public hatred thrown in all for the price of a bus ticket!!

Must admit that I could camp out in Hawkins bazzar tho'!
 
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