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German defence woes (latest from The Times)

Do you think there's any chance that Germany may come to the conclusion that there's not actually anything wrong with the G36 after all?
A mate of mine has the civvy version and is quite happy with it. Can't hit a barn door at 30 paces but that's down to him and not the rifle. Others who use G36 have not said anything bad about it, or as one former Stabsfeldwebel said "it does what is says on the box". 'nuff said.
 
15,000 Germans were executed by the guillotine for acts of resistance against the regime. The Scholls were simply the most famous. Most were quite ordinary,unknown Germans who took a stand by sheltering Jews or escaped PoWs or did some crafty leafleting or carried out random sabotages in factories. German bureaucracy photgraphed every sentenced one and failed to destroy those pictures at wars end so they survive to day. The ordinariness of the faces is striking.
The families were billed 300 Reichmarks for the executions

The last beheadings by axe were in 1935 (some sources say 1938)

The executioners wore evening dress.
 
Much more than new rifles, the Germans need new laws to allow them to use those they already have.

Until this is done, they will keep on "parking" units abroad which give the impression they are actually doing something while in fact they achieve little effect on the ground.
 
the Germans need new laws to allow them to use those they already have.
As long as the SPD is in the coalition gov't no chance. Plus of course two Verteidigungsministerinnen in a row who attended to more important things like a kindergarten in every barracks, an absolute must have. Then the business of making rank designations more feminine.
 

ericferret

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The families were billed 300 Reichmarks for the executions

The last beheadings by axe were in 1935 (some sources say 1938)

The executioners wore evening dress.
An episode in the German drama "Babylon Berlin" shows a woman being executed with an axe.

Pre Nazi, set in about 1930.
 
Those German CH-53's must be getting pretty old by now?
A Luftwaffe colleague of mine told me a funny tale a few days ago. In ISAF, the LW played a trick on the Heer that displayed a rare sense of humour. On the underside of the army operated CH-53s, they have 'HEER' in big white letters so everyone can revel in their glory. One night, with the prodigious use of various colours of tape, the apron rats changed it to spell 'HELP' and it went un-noticed by flight and ground crews for several days.
 
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A Luftwaffe colleague of mine told me a funny tale a few days ago. In ISAF, the LW played a trick on the Heer that displayed a rare sense of humour. On the underside of the army operated CH-53s, they have 'HEER' in big white letters so everyone can revel in their glory. One night, with the prodigious use of various colours of tape, the apron rats changed it to spell 'HELP' and it went un-noticed by flight and ground crews for several days.
A few years ago, apparently, there was a major incident at the Putlos live-fire range. A Panzergrenadier battalion was up there, live-firing Marder and, one night, some evil bastard crept around with a stencil and a few paint bombs and the following morning, an entire company of Marders were fetchingly tricked out with Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler divisional signs on the mudguards, over the top of the Bw tac signs and little red-white-and black swastika-in-a-circle national flags mounted on all the antennae. Huge, massive, seismic sense-of-humour failure, immediate emergency repaint and much swearing to secrecy as an enormous witch-hunt ensued.

All allegedly, but from a usually reliable source with good access.
 
No way, now a new assault rifle will be purchased, no matter what.
The G36 was and is not a bad assault rifle except for the really crappy optics and the small caliber. But the optics problem is apparently solved.
The HKV, the optic, is not used anymore as far as I know and they have mounted Picatinny rails on all weapons to be able to attach useful optics.
Why not re-introduce this baby.

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A few years ago, apparently, there was a major incident at the Putlos live-fire range. A Panzergrenadier battalion was up there, live-firing Marder and, one night, some evil bastard crept around with a stencil and a few paint bombs and the following morning, an entire company of Marders were fetchingly tricked out with Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler divisional signs on the mudguards, over the top of the Bw tac signs and little red-white-and black swastika-in-a-circle national flags mounted on all the antennae. Huge, massive, seismic sense-of-humour failure, immediate emergency repaint and much swearing to secrecy as an enormous witch-hunt ensued.

All allegedly, but from a usually reliable source with good access.

It reminds me of an exercise with Saudi SF in Corsica. When the Saudis left after several weeks of training, they found out that their vehickes had been stencilled with little pigs.

Official apologies and a witch hunt of epic proportion followed...
 
It reminds me of an exercise with Saudi SF in Corsica. When the Saudis left after several weeks of training, they found out that their vehickes had been stencilled with little pigs.

Official apologies and a witch hunt of epic proportion followed...
So that is why the UK won the Al Yamamah contract
 
Why not re-introduce this baby.

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The East Germans used them for a while, which is perhaps one reason why so many are floating around the near East.
However the sights are gash and the fore grip tends to get a bit hot on full auto. Plus of course no Piccatinny rails etc to hang on or attach all the usual odds and ends.

PS. The current defence minister had a minor shitty on because Bw soldiers had replicas or deactivated MP40s on display in crew rooms. Under such circumstances a re-introduction of the MP44 would be a total non starter, regardless of how good it would be.
 
The East Germans used them for a while, which is perhaps one reason why so many are floating around the near East.
However the sights are gash and the fore grip tends to get a bit hot on full auto. Plus of course no Piccatinny rails etc to hang on or attach all the usual odds and ends.

PS. The current defence minister had a minor shitty on because Bw soldiers had replicas or deactivated MP40s on display in crew rooms. Under such circumstances a re-introduction of the MP44 would be a total non starter, regardless of how good it would be.
How does that work for the MG3( a 42 by another name) being in service?
 
The East Germans used them for a while, which is perhaps one reason why so many are floating around the near East.
However the sights are gash and the fore grip tends to get a bit hot on full auto. Plus of course no Piccatinny rails etc to hang on or attach all the usual odds and ends.

PS. The current defence minister had a minor shitty on because Bw soldiers had replicas or deactivated MP40s on display in crew rooms. Under such circumstances a re-introduction of the MP44 would be a total non starter, regardless of how good it would be.
Most of those in the middle East came via the yugos. Their paras used them until the 70s.

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How does that work for the MG3( a 42 by another name) being in service?
MG3? Nothing in common with MG42:

To be more serious, the MG3 or it's predecessor MG1 was there all the time, so they didn't have the culture shock of seeing a Nazi weapon.
 
The East Germans used them for a while, which is perhaps one reason why so many are floating around the near East.
However the sights are gash and the fore grip tends to get a bit hot on full auto. Plus of course no Piccatinny rails etc to hang on or attach all the usual odds and ends.

PS. The current defence minister had a minor shitty on because Bw soldiers had replicas or deactivated MP40s on display in crew rooms. Under such circumstances a re-introduction of the MP44 would be a total non starter, regardless of how good it would be.
Was that AKK or has she been replaced? Trying to out do UVLas the most useless Defence Minister since 1945.
 

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