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random facts i need

Post by Chris Carden » 04 Dec 2002 03:43

1)The german paratroopers were called what?
2)What weapons did they mainly use?
3)What aircraft did they jump from?



4)Were the rail guns the germans used ever used as support? (like could be told to fire somewhere, similar to mortars)
5)How loud were they?
6)How powerful and accurate were they?


7) What year was the k43, stg44 and the fg42 developed?
8) what was the general shape of the parachutes used by the germans?
9) And for the last one i cant remember his name... who was head of the SS?


this is a lot of quetions but they are kind of simple. thanks

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Re: random facts i need

Post by Scott Smith » 04 Dec 2002 04:26

Chris Carden wrote: 1)The german paratroopers were called what?
Fallschirmjäger
2)What weapons did they mainly use?
Light weapons like MP-40s mostly.
3)What aircraft did they jump from?
Junkers 52 trimotors (Click!)
4)Were the rail guns the germans used ever used as support? (like could be told to fire somewhere, similar to mortars)
5)How loud were they?
6)How powerful and accurate were they?
Try putting "German rail guns" or something similar into Google and see what happens.
7) What year was the k43, stg44 and the fg42 developed?
I think you've answered your own question.
8 ) what was the general shape of the parachutes used by the germans?
Like four-leafed clovers. Just kidding.
9) And for the last one i cant remember his name... who was head of the SS?
Heinrich Himmler (Click!)
:)

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Post by Dan W. » 04 Dec 2002 04:35

Here is a picture of a railway gun that is on display at Aberdeen, Maryland.
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Post by Chris Carden » 04 Dec 2002 13:37

i dont see how i answered my own question....

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Post by Marcus » 04 Dec 2002 13:41

Chris Carden wrote:i dont see how i answered my own question....
Just add "19" before the modelnumbers to get the year ;-)

btw. If I recall correctly there are a few threads on railway guns in the Equipment section of the forum.

/Marcus

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Post by Chris Carden » 04 Dec 2002 13:47

oh, thanks wendel. i am a total newbie to most of this stuff. i am intersted in it, but dont know crap about most of it. thanks

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Post by Dan » 04 Dec 2002 15:20

Just in case you didn't understand the google reference, type in google.com at your server, then type in a few words about what you're looking for. And the search engine on this site is very powerfull.

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Post by Dan » 04 Dec 2002 15:33

And you can click here

http://www.forces70.freeserve.co.uk/Fal ... chutes.htm

for everything you've ever wanted to know about German parachutes. They started out like a mushroom, and later copied a triangular Russian design.

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Post by sylvieK4 » 04 Dec 2002 16:02

Fallschirmjaeger with gear:

From: http://www.authenticmilitaria.com/
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Post by Phaethon » 04 Dec 2002 19:15

I'm confused - how many German paratroopers survived jumping out of an aircraft with a rail gun strapped to their back? Is this why there were so few German paratroop operations? :wink:

K.

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Post by Daniel L » 04 Dec 2002 19:27

Actually the Russians... sorry. :D

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Post by Chris Carden » 05 Dec 2002 03:59

one more question. what was the deathshead?

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Post by Dan » 05 Dec 2002 04:09

The skull and cross bones. The symbols of various European units, German and otherwise historically. Most famous in the Totenkopf Division. Himmler sported this symbol.

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Post by Christoph Awender » 05 Dec 2002 04:34

Hello Chris!

The death head symbol has a long tradition in the german military history. Already in the 16th century polish and prussian cavalry formations had a skull on their fur-heads.

The DH was then adopted as symbol by various Husaren formations of the prussian and Braunschweiger armies.

In WWI many units had a DH as symbol.
1923 the death head was the symbol of the so called Stoßtrupp Hitler which was the source formation of the later SS.

In WWII the skull was used by several branches and units:

Members of the Panzertruppe (armoured formations) had a skull on the collar and cap.
Some units which had their routes in former cavalry/husars units kept this traditional symbol during WWII like Kavallerieregiment 5 (Cavalry regiment 5), Infanterieregiment 17 (infantry regiment 17).
Allgemeine SS and Waffen-SS used the DH also as symbol on caps and collars.

hope this helps,
Christoph

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Post by witness » 05 Dec 2002 05:04

Interesting this guy on the picture - his helmet is different from the traditional German one we used to see in the documentaries and movies.
Maybe this question would be more relevant in the "Equipment" section,
but still - why the paratroopers' helmets were different ?
Silly question perhaps. :oops:

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