Next up on the wall is a sweet, all matching, G33/40 Mountain Carbine. These rifles were essentially a German copy of the vz33 but considerably lightened by scavenging metal from any place they could find on the rifle to remove. Note the hollow bolt. The rifle is also characterised by the plate that extends up the stock from the butt plate. This was intended to protect the rifle from damage due to being used as a walking stick. The rifle, in addition to being issued to Gebirgsjäger, was also issued to any light infantry such as the Fallschirmjäger. Known for their brutal kick and excessive flash due to the light weight and short barrel, these were only made between 1940 and 42. The 945 code here is the early code for Brno, later it changed to dot.
Archive for Fallschirmjäger
This is my “Flieger-Leuchtpistole L.“, Aircrew Flare Gun (Luftwaffe). It is designed to take the standard 27mm German flare. This example was manufactured by Heinrich Krieghoff Waffenfabrik in 1942 and is composed of anodised aluminium. These models were also issued to Fallschirmjäger. I love the barrel switch and the load indicators, it’s almost steampunk in its design.
This one would make a great research project as it is named to Alois Acko from Graz, Austria. I believe the Uffz that precedes his name is an abbreviation for Unteroffizier which is a Jerry rank approximating Lance-Sergeant or Sergeant. This is a rank used in the Fallshirmjäger so there’s a good chance this is a paratrooper award which makes it double plus good. I looked Alois up on the German Casualties Lists and couldn’t find him so it appears he survived the war.