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German captured Berthier period pictures

Warrior1354

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Been running across some more cool captured pictures lately thought I share a few.

1. German Luftwaffe soldier on guard with a Berthier carbine can't tell if it was updated to the M.16 variation.

2. This one is cool a squad of German Kriegsmarine personal all armed with Berthier carbines. What is neat is these are still the older three shot variations and were never updated to the M.16 in the Post war period. There is also info on the back of the picture as well.

Have a few more coming but what like to see if other members here have found other photos showing captured Berthier carbines.
 

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Warrior1354

ax - hole
Possibly but it makes prefect sense to arm occupation troops with left over weapons from the enemy. Having thousands of carbines or rifles and millions of rounds of ammo readily available is a prefect choice. Plus that allows the best newly made weapons to go straight to the front lines instead of troops in the rear or guarding less valuable sections away from the front lines. Being stationed in France in 1941 was alot safer then being sent to the Russian front in the early days of WWII.

But I have found alot of German Navy personal armed with French weapons though.
 

RyanE

Baby Face
Staff member
Interesting, you think there was a shortage of K98s so that's why they settled on giving them Berthiers?

These are rear echelon troops, and they are very unlikely to see combat or even fire their weapons. They need something for self defense, but there was no need to waste K98k needed at the front on them. Beutewaffen were fine for these guys.
 

DaveDavis

Senior Member
These are rear echelon troops, and they are very unlikely to see combat or even fire their weapons. They need something for self defense, but there was no need to waste K98k needed at the front on them. Beutewaffen were fine for these guys.

Exactly !!!!!!!
 

Spielkind

Senior Member
2. This one is cool a squad of German Kriegsmarine personal all armed with Berthier carbines. What is neat is these are still the older three shot variations and were never updated to the M.16 in the Post war period. There is also info on the back of the picture as well.

Hi
Fertig zur Wache - Ready for guard
Aurich Ostfriesland - Aurich East-Frisia
 

Pat

Moderator
Staff member
I can try and dig up some photos of German personnel using captured Berthier carbines, I'm pretty sure I have some tucked away in a file.

Interesting that with the frequency the French weapons were used, they still mostly ignored using the French ammo pouches, and remained with the K98k pouches.

Pat
 

Warrior1354

ax - hole
I can try and dig up some photos of German personnel using captured Berthier carbines, I'm pretty sure I have some tucked away in a file.

Interesting that with the frequency the French weapons were used, they still mostly ignored using the French ammo pouches, and remained with the K98k pouches.

Pat

Thank you Pat looking forward to what you have!
 

Warrior1354

ax - hole
This one came in today really do like finding these captured photos!
 

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