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I met a retired Sgt from his company, the chap was assisted in the panzeryet didnt recieve any recognition according to the Sgt he stood behind the VC winner to help him stay upright whilst firing. He said the chap was as hard as nails!
He fired the PIAT standing?? He deserved a medal just for that! But being serious, an exceptionally brave man doing extraordinary things.
 
My Grandad used to tell a story about returning from a sortie on fire and climbing through a viewing window to get out before being burnt alive. On going back the next day, there was absolutely no way he could have got through the window.
Similar life preserving story, but different: The son of a friend of mine was doing water jump's, got caught up somehow in the lines and was tearing at things 10 feet under to get free, eventually he got free and to the surface. When he was hoiked on the boat the sleeve on his para smock had been torn away at the stitching where it joins the body of the smock. They tried tug of war with a smock afterwards to see if the smocks were just cheap crap, they could not duplicate ripping a sleeve off a smock.

Amazing what a person can do when their life is on the line, adrenaline is pumping and they become totally survival focussed.
 
Similar life preserving story, but different: The son of a friend of mine was doing water jump's, got caught up somehow in the lines and was tearing at things 10 feet under to get free, eventually he got free and to the surface. When he was hoiked on the boat the sleeve on his para smock had been torn away at the stitching where it joins the body of the smock. They tried tug of war with a smock afterwards to see if the smocks were just cheap crap, they could not duplicate ripping a sleeve off a smock.

Amazing what a person can do when their life is on the line, adrenaline is pumping and they become totally survival focussed.
I’m pretty sure that when cloth gets wet it becomes stronger as the threads swell up.
 
78 years ago today, May 20, 1941

Fallschirmjäger, Karl Heinz Becker, Oberleutnant and chief of 11./Fsch.Jäg.Rgt 1 resting sometime after the attack at Heraklion Airfield on the Island of Crete.
(he is armed with a Maschinenpistole MP-38).

The German invasion of Crete, codenamed 'Operation Merkur', or Mercury, lasted from 20 May until the June 1

The Battle for Crete was a German victory but a costly one. Out of an assault force of just over 22,000 men, the Germans suffered some 5,500 casualties, of which 3,600 were killed or missing in action. Almost a third of the Ju52s used in the operation were damaged or destroyed. The Allies suffered almost 3,500 casualties (of which just over 1,700 were killed) and almost 12,000 were taken prisoner. The Royal Navy suffered 1 aircraft carrier, two battleships, six cruisers and seven destroyers badly damaged and another three cruisers and six destroyers sunk with the loss of over 2,000 men. The RAF lost some forty-seven aircraft in the battle. Exactly how many Greek soldiers and Cretan civilians died during the fighting will never be known.
The last Allied troops, of which around 14,500 had been evacuated, were lifted off early on the 1st of June, with General Freyburg leaving on the 30th of May, by flying boat. The remaining 5,000 Allied troops were ordered to surrender at 09.00 on the 1st of June, leaving the Germans in control of Crete.

As a result of the huge losses suffered by the Fallschirmjäger in Crete, it was forbidden by Hitler to mount any large-scale operations in the future and apart from a few small-scale operations, mainly served as elite infantry for the rest of the war.

Oblt. Karl Becker was awarded the Knight's Cross on the 9th of July 1941 for his leadership at Heraklion.
He died on the 3rd of October 2000 (aged 86)

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AK47s for jumper cables .....Now that's ally!

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Wellies rather than bike boots, no?
Dunno, it looks like there is a proper back stay/backstrap on the boot, added to which rubber was in short supply in WW2. Definitely look like some kind of slip on's though rather than lace up's.
 

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