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Yes Cutaway I was thinking of the chap with the MP40. Dont often see photos of our people with enemy weapons..
Maybe it was felt that ours were better than theirs so no one bothered with them.
Maybe we did use them but the censor didn't let such pictures get out,
Maybe no one bothered due to ammo issues.....
Dunno,

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Wearing shorts in the desert has to be nails. I often wonder how you do dash, down, crawl, observe, sights, fire in shorts on sharp rocky ground.
 
I'm reminded of Philip Caputo's A Rumor of War, in which one of the other Lieutenants had shaved prior to their first action, making the point about being smartly turned out prior to any initial encounter. Caputo was more concerned about sweat getting into any nicks and scratches.
I’m not sure where I read it but the French at Dien Bien Phu did the same before jumping in because it was part of ‘elan’.
 
Yes Cutaway I was thinking of the chap with the MP40. Dont often see photos of our people with enemy weapons..
Maybe it was felt that ours were better than theirs so no one bothered with them.
Maybe we did use them but the censor didn't let such pictures get out,
Maybe no one bothered due to ammo issues.....
Dunno,

but pipes we can do.. View attachment 332312
That's Upham VC, mass killer of Germans. Close the thread.
 

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I don't think it is. In fact I'm sure its not.
He was a 2nd Lt in Crete, and a Captain in Egypt.
what rank did he start with?
 
I often wonder how you do dash, down, crawl, observe, sights, fire in shorts on sharp rocky ground.
I imagine that the assistance of the Afrika Korps makes it much easier.
 
I'm reminded of Philip Caputo's A Rumor of War, in which one of the other Lieutenants had shaved prior to their first action, making the point about being smartly turned out prior to any initial encounter. Caputo was more concerned about sweat getting into any nicks and scratches.
I’m not sure where I read it but the French at Dien Bien Phu did the same before jumping in because it was part of ‘elan’.
I think that was mentioned in A Rumour of War too.
 
Yes Cutaway I was thinking of the chap with the MP40. Dont often see photos of our people with enemy weapons..
Maybe it was felt that ours were better than theirs so no one bothered with them.
Maybe we did use them but the censor didn't let such pictures get out,
Maybe no one bothered due to ammo issues.....
Dunno,

but pipes we can do.. View attachment 332312
WW2 Ally... setting the standard for allyness.

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Yes Cutaway I was thinking of the chap with the MP40. Dont often see photos of our people with enemy weapons..
Maybe it was felt that ours were better than theirs so no one bothered with them.
Maybe we did use them but the censor didn't let such pictures get out,
Maybe no one bothered due to ammo issues.....
Dunno,

but pipes we can do.. View attachment 332312
It was only special forces ( SOE, SAS etc ) who made significant use of captured German weapons and it was mainly MP40s, I did read somewhere that the Raiding Support Regiment used MG34s or MG42s ( presumably in the sustained fire role ). I have seen photos and read accounts of British and American infantry using MP40s, seems to be mainly officers who could get away with habitually carrying them.

Italian rifles were issued to quite a lot of Commonwealth troops in the Middle East , such as South African Cape Corps soldiers ( who filled roles in infantry and other units such as drivers , stretcher bearers and officers servants ) and the locally recruited Libyan Arab Force ( used usually for internal security duties ) . At one stage in 1941 several British and Australian armoured regiments were equipped with Italian M13/40 tanks .
 
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Wearing shorts in the desert has to be nails. I often wonder how you do dash, down, crawl, observe, sights, fire in shorts on sharp rocky ground.
It's much the same in dessie DPM combats.
 

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