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1st Skijäger Div. white washed STG’s

WAZUP13579

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A buddy of mine sent these to me. Found it very interesting that they would white wash their weapons.

Also what looks like white M43 Ski caps.

Caption: “A series of photos showing soldiers of the 1st Skijäger division in the Pripet Marshes (Belarus/Ukraine). (January - February, 1944)”
 

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Wilhelm

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IIRC, these are pictures from trials, not actual field use. That's a perfect opportunity for propaganda pictures so of course they want to make it look cool.
 

Slash

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Note the Luftwaffe Gravity Knife hanging from the soldat's belt in the first picture.
 

Pat

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Very interesting unit, and it seems like they were used as a test bed for new weapons. I love those anoraks.

Here's a pic I found of them from 1943, and possibly from a similar propaganda shoot. If it was a photo from an actual operation, I'd expect that squad to be spread out.

Pat
1 SkijägerBrigade patrol armed with Stg.44 led by an officer.jpg
 

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