Fallschirmjäger jumping light??

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Fallschirmjäger jumping light??

Post by Jeremy Chan » 03 May 2004 09:51

Hello!
I believe that German Fallschirmjäger jumped without large packs or plentiful supplies; most photos I've seen show this. The Y-Straps they carried were the 'light' ones without pack support straps. However, Allied paras jumped with packs. This was because it wasn't sure how long they'd be expected to fight without support, so they'd have to be self-sustained. So, did the Fallschirmtruppen carry extra supplies in packs when they jumped for the event hey got stranded, or did they jump with the bare minimum supplies and were expected to be relieved early?
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Post by ChrisMAg2 » 03 May 2004 13:07

Usually the FJ jumped only with a minimum on supply and barely armed. All further equipment for the mission was thrown in seperate containers, that had to be recoverd after landing. Additional supplies were dropped in containers, when needed or requested.
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Post by Xnomad » 11 May 2004 18:42

I'm guessing that the Allied Paras learnt the lesson the Fallschirmjaeger were taught in Crete and that was to jump with your equipment.

Many Fallschirmjaeger couldn't reach their weapons or even find them and got killed. I've heard that it also had to do with the size of the door of the Ju-52 transport plane and that some people even have said the size of the door lost Germany the war as after Crete Hitler refused to allow his favourite troops from taking part in dangerous airborne missions like Crete.

It also didn't help much that the enigma had been cracked and that the British on Crete knew they were coming.

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Re: Fallschirmjäger jumping light??

Post by tigre » 06 Apr 2020 04:17

Hello to all :D, bumping this.................................

The jump.

The training program was basically divided into two stages, ground and air training. Recruits began their basic training by learning to fall to the ground without hurting themselves. Then they learned to use the parachute harness in practice jumps from very low heights from the door of simulated aircraft. They were then taught to control the parachute in midair by being suspended with the harness of a pulley system. Teaching a quick detachment of the parachute once they had landed was also part of the training. On the other hand, one of the most important points of ground training consisted in the care and packing of the parachutes. Each trainee was personally responsible for their own equipment and each of the men jumped with the parachute that he had packed himself.

The parachutist's bowed position upon reaching the ground required a forward role. The high descent speed of the RZ 1 and the acrobatic forward role required when touching the ground, prevented the transport of a large amount of equipment or large weapons. Initially the parachutists jumped with small weapons and hand grenades. Weapons, ammunition, equipment, etc. were dropped into containers with parachute. Only with the experience of Crete did they begin to carry the rifle hanging on a rope. Considering the low height of the jump, no more than 120 meters, no emergency parachute was used.

Sources: Bildchronik der Fallschirmtruppe 1935-45. Dörfler.
Airborne Operations - A German Appraisal. Army Pamphlet Nro 20-232.
Soldaten Fallen vom Himmel. Hptm Gericke.

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Re: Fallschirmjäger jumping light??

Post by tigre » 06 Sep 2020 03:02

Hello to all :D, more.................................

The jump.

Sources: http://www.ebay.ca/itm/AILES-1940-982-G ... SwHnFV2xJe

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Re: Fallschirmjäger jumping light??

Post by tigre » 02 Dec 2020 02:37

Hello to all :D, more.................................

The jump.

Die gute absprung ist alles! The good jump is everything!

Sources: https://www.tradera.com/item/341315/360 ... are-i-vast

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Re: Fallschirmjäger jumping light??

Post by tigre » 23 Mar 2024 18:55

Hello to all :D, more.................................

The jump.

Sources: https://www.aboutww2militaria.com/the-b ... -1942.html

Cheers. Raúl M 8-).
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