Gerry Paras WW II

Discussion in 'Military History and Militaria' started by jonwilly, Mar 20, 2006.

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  1. Is it my memory or did the German Paratrooper dive out of his cab, Ju 52, and then "Hang" from his chute attacheted at a single point on the back of his waist ? They also seemed covered in 'Padding'.
  2. Yeah, the single riser was attached to the back of the harness. They used to wear knee pads, but that was about it.
  3. They also came down unarmed, had to retrieve all their weapons from containers that were dropped before they jumped.Toms in Crete learned to put ambushes in on unopened containers knowing Fallshirms would turn up. Biggest loss of life on Crete so much so they never did full scale drop again but were used like Waffen ss as elite troops.Met one once in Hildesheim where they have a memorial, really decent bloke, got captured in retreat through Poland by Sov's, never got home until 1954, 9 years after war ended.
  4. They were also taught to dive out of the aircraft to better distribute the shock of that type of chute opening. ARRSErs who've done the German wings course will remember that the number 1 in the stick puts both hands inverted on the frame of the door so that he/she may get a good exit. However, that type of stance is a bit outdated now as the chute they use now is of the same style as ours albeit with a few differences! A good drive out of the door still counts though - one rivet inspection is a rivet inspection too many!