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Re: Unusual photo

Postby dave barrett » Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:22 pm

[quote="Bo"]"It may also have been soldiers from the 2nd Batt of the 2.FJR, who had not finished jumpschool yet, and were flown in by regular landing."

May be if it was 1945..but in 1940 no..there would have been no need to send untrained troops in to action.
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Re: Unusual photo

Postby scaleyback » Wed Aug 25, 2010 6:10 am

its often forgotten or over looked, that germany, like france and great britian , was very unprepared for war in 1939. popular history shows the germans rampaging across the low countries in 1939-40 almost unoposed. this is a false picture. germany suffered many reverses, lost many troops and much equipment,,, on more than one occation they were in severe danger of being defeated, it was only allied ineptitude and bungling that saved them . maybe,, just maybe, they didnt have enough helmets and boots?

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Re: Unusual photo

Postby Steiner » Wed Aug 25, 2010 8:59 am

Equally possible, Nige - although this is the first time I've ever seen FJ dressed like this (unless we're talking '44 onwards).
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Re: Unusual photo

Postby Boshman » Wed Aug 25, 2010 9:50 am

Something else I noticed, despite them wearing jackboots, they all seem to have managed to "blouse" their trousers over the top of them in true para fashion! Of course it could just be down to the different cut of the jump trousers and the lack of the heel loop.
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Re: Unusual photo

Postby Seanebabes » Thu Aug 26, 2010 12:22 pm

There is also a picture of gebirgsjagers in France wearing 'jackboots' as opposed to bergschuhe.
Perhaps marching boots and 35 pattern helmet were issued at basic training, meaning all troops have them. Regulations maybe state that marching boots were to be worn for... well... marching. The helmets I find more odd than the marching boots, surely you wouldn't have both patterns?
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Re: Unusual photo

Postby dave barrett » Thu Aug 26, 2010 1:28 pm

Thats what happens when your at the back of the cue...no nice jump boots for you young man :lol:
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Re: Unusual photo

Postby Hans Gowert » Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:38 am

some good observations and personal conclusions on the photo.

But there is nothing out of the ordernery in this photo. FJ often wore M35 and Jackboots early in the war, Czech,Poland,Norway,Holland.
( next your gonna say, FJ in czech and poland ? well, :) :) )
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Re: Unusual photo

Postby Steiner » Mon Aug 30, 2010 12:51 pm

Hans Gowert wrote:But there is nothing out of the ordinary in this photo. FJ often wore M35 and Jackboots early in the war, Czech,Poland,Norway,Holland.


Up until now, I was not aware of that - this is the first photo I've seen.
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Re: Unusual photo

Postby Hans Gowert » Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:23 pm

buy the book

' Red shines the sun'

Its a deadly book about the FIB/FIK and the early make up of II./ Fallschirmjäger Rgt 1
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