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German paratroopers from the 6th parachute regiment on the ruins of the city Sen Mer Eliz in Normandy, pin by Paolo Marzioli

German paratroopers from the 6th parachute regiment on the ruins of the city Sen Mer Eliz in Normandy, pin by Paolo Marzioli

Fallschirmjäger with MG at Monte Cassino.  Photo: Bundesarchiv Bild 101I-578-1939-20 / Gremmelsbacher / CC-BY-SA 3.0

Fallschirmjäger with MG at Monte Cassino. Photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild / Gremmelsbacher / CC-BY-SA

Injured Major J.I. Antonov, Hero of the USSR,25,is surrounded by German pilots as he recounts his forced landing through an interpreter on Aug 25, 1942.German ace Gunther Rall recounted postwar that Antonov impressed the German pilots as a "Mongolian race Russian" who did not look or act like a "Mongolian."Antonov,Rall said, was not kept confined but was allowed to rest and circulate among his captors; "he was a soldier like us."Antonov's eventual fate though remains unknown.

Fighter pilot, Hero of the Soviet Antonov Jacob in German captivity Luftwaffe Flying Corps: Uniforms, Traditions, and Equipment

demdeutschenvolke:  Fallschirmjäger operating a captured British Universal Carrier.

Panzerjäger Bren a captured Bren Gun Carrier armed with three panzerschreck and a machine gun, serving as a highly mobile tank hunter. Pin by Paolo Marzioli


A German paratrooper poses for a commemoration photo. Note the "potato masher" hand grenades and the paratrooper smock.

Fallschirmjäger (paratrooper) rests with a captured British Bren machine gun somewhere in Italy in 1943. Captured light arms were often used right away by the Germans given production delays and difficulties in resupply. This practice was especially pronounced in Russia, where huge amounts of Soviet armaments were routinely captured by the Germans.

Division, at Anzio in Italy, January 1944 The trooper shows off a captured British ‘Bren’ Light Machine Gun and is leaning on a wooden case marked: “Luftdichter Patronenkasten” (Air tight sealed ammunition boxes, for 1500 x Mauser or cartridges)

German paratroopers. France , Normandie June 1944

The utter exhaustion and stress of prolonged combat evident on their faces a German Fallschirmjäger (Paratrooper) unit gathers at a crossroads in France

Fallschirmjäger Rudolf Witzig entered the history books as the heroic captor of Belgium's supposedly impregnable fortress Eben Emael in May 1940 - the first time that glider-borne troops were used in the war. To many people, he is also known as the commander of the battle group that fired the first shots of the Tunisian campaign.Remarkably, next to nothing has been written about him as an individual.

Fallschirmjäger Rudolf Witzig was a German Fallschirmjäger during World War II, most well known for his action against the Belgian fortress Fort Eben-Emael

German paratroopers at Narvik.

the commanding officer of a German paratrooper battalion in the command output to Bjørnfjell, south near Narvik