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    Default G33/40's identification

    Correct me if I'm wrong, at least three of rifles in the following picture are/were G33/40's?

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    Found in Karelia ( Northern Russia / Finland ) in an area where the 6th SS Mountain Division Nord saw heavy action, from a War Relics Site.

    They seem to find a fair amount of G33/40's ( or whats left of them ) in this area, so I'm assuming the 6th SS Mountain Division was equipped with them, in addition to other 98K types.

    They find a lot of interesting items, a lot of them on the surface, check out these pistols and gernades that they found:
    I know these are non-98k related pictures, but interesting.

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    Don't have your answer but finding that crate of grenades would bring on pucker factor 10 for me!

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    I think I see the lightening cuts on the right side of the receiver, so they appear to be 33/40s. Very cool!

    I think it more likely these belonged to one of the Army's Gebirgs divisions that fought in Finland. When 33/40 production was in full swing, even the best of the SS regiments were using substandard equipment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanE View Post
    I think it more likely these belonged to one of the Army's Gebirgs divisions that fought in Finland. When 33/40 production was in full swing, even the best of the SS regiments were using substandard equipment.
    I was going off the front sight profile as well on id'ing the G33/40's.

    You're right, the XXXVI Mountain Corps (Wehrmacht) fought in that area as well. But the amount of SS marked helmets and equipment they find is staggering.

    more pictures:

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    Russian remains that are found are re-interred with services in a Russian Cemetery.
    The German remains found are mainly Norwegian volunteers, Norway won't accept the remains so they are stored in Russia......

    German remains as found:
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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanE View Post
    I think I see the lightening cuts on the right side of the receiver, so they appear to be 33/40s. Very cool!
    agreed. Plus the bands look correct.

    here's a naked 33/40 pic for comparison
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    Firing pin marks on the primers on those shell casings look like they were done by a ZB26 or ZB30. Cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KSH67 View Post
    Firing pin marks on the primers on those shell casings look like they were done by a ZB26 or ZB30. Cool!
    There are pictures of SS-Gebirgsjäger troops in Karelia with what looks like a ZB26:

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    This site has a lot of pictures from that campaign, including pictures from the Russian Archives:
    http://www.gaissmair.net/pk_pictures_1.htm

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    Yep that's a ZB26 in the pic. Thanks for sharing

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    Another G33/40 found in Karelia


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    I would kill to look around there. Be so interesting and exciting and awe inspiring.

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