Photos - Germans with captured firearms

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Re: Photos - Germans with captured firearms

Post by carius » 17 May 2021 12:27

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Blorange wrote:
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Seeing that ppsh, did the Germans ever get a hold of Suomis? Either bought from the Finns, or captures late in the war (or even earlier as second hand captures off of the Soviets)?
3,042 were ordered by Germany from Finland during WWII and likely issued to the Wehrmacht and SS. Also 120 Suomi KP's were presented to the German troops of AOK Norwegen in 1942 for use on the Finnish Front.Most of these weapons left Finland with German troops in 1944 and were subsequently used in other theaters of the war.

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Re: Photos - Germans with captured firearms

Post by JTV » 18 May 2021 05:27

Blorange wrote:
17 May 2021 10:50
Seeing that ppsh, did the Germans ever get a hold of Suomis? Either bought from the Finns, or captures late in the war (or even earlier as second hand captures off of the Soviets)?
Germany bought about 3,000 Suomi M/31 in 1942 - 1943 and they seem to have had captured small numbers in Poland and France (*). In addition Finland donated 120 Suomi M/31 to AOK Norwegen in July of 1942. In addition the Germans captured at least 1,400 Suomi SMG manufactured in Denmark under license, although those guns may have stayed in Denmark.

(*) The guns in French inventory originated from Spain.

I doubt there were that many German captured Suomi M/31. Typically large number of small arms seem to be captured when troops either capture and held a battlefield and/or take large number of prisoners of war. Lapland War had German troops retreating, fighting delay actions and defending earlier prepared defensive lines and the total number of Finnish prisoners of War taken by the Germans apparently being only 164 men. Also the number of Suomi M/31 captured by the Soviets was drop in the ocean sort of situation among other more standard small arms in Soviet inventory.

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Re: Photos - Germans with captured firearms

Post by pozzytraction » 19 May 2021 02:25

The last picture was taken during the Battle of the Bulge. The Waffen SS troop is carrying a captured GI .30 M-1 Carbine.

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Re: Photos - Germans with captured firearms

Post by pozzytraction » 19 May 2021 02:34

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My pre war P-38.
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