The SS and Czechoslovakian Connection

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Brady
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The SS and Czechoslovakian Connection

Post by Brady » 04 Sep 2019 16:43

When did, or did they really ever stop using Czechoslovakian MG's?

Bosnia, (circa Mid war?)

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Re: The SS and Czechoslovakian Connection

Post by Poot » 04 Sep 2019 19:15

The Czech MGs (and rifles and carbines, for that matter) were not confined to the SS, the Heer used them, too.
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Re: The SS and Czechoslovakian Connection

Post by kladinovi » 05 Sep 2019 17:47

werent there also armed groups of ethnic Czechs too that could have used such weapons ?

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Re: The SS and Czechoslovakian Connection

Post by Poot » 05 Sep 2019 22:38

The photos you provided are of the 7th SS Division in Bosnia, and are frequently shown using Czech crew served weapons. The Germans did not assign weaponry to distinct ethnic units based on countries of origin, but on the basis of availability and whether they could be sustained logistically. All kinds of captured weapons were used, from training to combat.

Czech MGs and rifles were a logical choice because both the MGs and the rifles were chambered in 7.92X57mm and the rifles shared many parts in common with K98k rifles, with other parts being more or less interchangeable.
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