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Pete26 wrote:According to the above translation, oil was used as a lubricant on these fallbeils. The obvious problem with oil is that after the machine is rinsed with water, the oil is washed off too and has to reapplied constantly. Heavy waterproof grease may have been a better lubricant for the sledge, but apparently that was not used. They probably had an oil can and squirted some oil between the metal sliding surfaces before the blade was raised again for the next victim.
About shimming the fallbeil legs when sitting on uneven surface: I can see how building a level wood platform would be necessary. I wonder if there ever was an incident in the Third Reich in which the whole fallbeil collapsed during the execution due to breakage of the wooden legs. I bet there was, otherwise, why would Reichhart warn that this might happen?
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