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Preparing makeshift mortars. These are grenades on sticks fired at the enemy by a blank round in the rifle.

Preparing makeshift mortars. These are grenades on sticks fired at the enemy by a blank round in the rifle.

Oberfeldwebel from Division "Großdeutschland" with a grenade launcher pistol (Kampfpistole and Wurfkörper 361 LP). Russia June 1943

Oberfeldwebel from Division "Großdeutschland" with a grenade launcher pistol (Kampfpistole and Wurfkörper 361 LP). Russia June 1943

A German member of a "Trench Attack Squad" poses in steel body armor and two stick grenades. The armor, capable of stopping a pistol round but only superficially helpful against rifle fire, also helped protecting against bayonet and other edged weapons thrusts. The additional weight though fatigued the wearer quickly and defeated any tactical advantage he might have wearing it.

A German member of a "Trench Attack Squad" poses in steel body armor and two stick grenades. The armor, capable of stopping a pistol round but only superficially helpful against rifle fire, also helped protecting against bayonet and other edged weapons thrusts. The additional weight though fatigued the wearer quickly and defeated any tactical advantage he might have wearing it.

Fallschirmjäger (paratrooper) with stick grenade, Zeiss binoculars, and a Luger 9 mm tacked in his belt. The Luger, contrary to public impression, was not a widely distributed sidearm, being reserved for higher officer ranks only. Hence, it was a valued trophy for  Allied soldiers. Spring 1943, central Russia.

Fallschirmjäger (paratrooper) with stick grenade, Zeiss binoculars, and a Luger 9 mm tacked in his belt. The Luger, contrary to public impression, was not a widely distributed sidearm, being reserved for higher officer ranks only. Hence, it was a valued trophy for Allied soldiers. Spring 1943, central Russia.

A well armed Saxon sentry from Landwehr Infanterie Regiment 133 somewhere on the Eastern Front. His helmet is a M1915 type Pickelhaube with removable spike. The helmet is covered by a M1915 Überzug (cover) with dark green L 133 letters and numerals sewn onto the front - dating this picture sometime before October 1916. He is armed with two types of stick grenade, and is wearing a heavy, woollen Petzmantel (overcoat).

A well armed Saxon sentry from Landwehr Infanterie Regiment 133 somewhere on the Eastern Front. His helmet is a M1915 type Pickelhaube with removable spike. The helmet is covered by a M1915 Überzug (cover) with dark green L 133 letters and numerals sewn onto the front - dating this picture sometime before October 1916. He is armed with two types of stick grenade, and is wearing a heavy, woollen Petzmantel (overcoat).

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