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    It is a reconstruction photo indeed, the date is 1943.

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    Ghillie-camo is a camo introduced as late as the 40th. In WW I. it was considered no chivalry to take to camouflage a person.

    The soldier walking carries a carbine 98K NEVER considered to be a good sniper weapon. In WW I. German snipers used the "Gewehr 98 lang" to get the benefits of a 72cm barrel length (28.32" ).
    He is wearing the 1943 issue "Winterwendejacke".

    The soldier next to the "camo-tree" carries a magazine-fed weapon where the mag is protruding visibly from the stock. These 98-conversions were available as early as after Stalingrad, 1943 in May.

    So both photos are fakes or commented deliberately wrong.

    Possibly something from the "propaganda"- Division ...

    Good try, though,

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    http://tinyurl.com/c9gg587

    Bild 101 I - Propagandakompanien der Wehrmacht - Heer und Luftwaffe

    Belgien/Frankreich.- Scharfschütze mit Gewehr, Tarnumhang und Zweigen an Hosenbeinen bei Ausbildung im Gelände; PK 698

    Belgien/Frankreich.- with sniper rifle, invisibility cloak and branches of legs at training grounds, PK 698

    1943/1944

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    Here we have the most unusual german weapon of the whole war ! I had to look for it for ages till i finally found one, I give to you the 08/15 :

    There won't be humans in 500 years. Enough people choke themselves when they jerk off we gave it a name. We ain't a species made to last.

    Judging by it´s name common sense must once have been a pretty common thing. When and why did that change, so it became the rare treasure it is today???

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    Browning water-cooled?

    Edit: as far as i know the SS were the only ones with G98 rifles. I never heard that kar98k were bad snipers. The heer didn't have much G98 rifles.

    Its makes sense tough, the russians didn't used the mosin-nagant carbine as sniper, and the british did not use the lee enfield as sniper that much.

    Perhaps the bless of the G43 was bigger than i thought.

    Sorry for my incorrectness, i found a ww1 puc(ihopeitis) from a sniper with the steel helmet i mentioned before:

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    Not strictly WWII, but it features things that were in the works during the war. Some of you may know this website, but I just stumbled across it yesterday.

    During WWII, German aircraft designers put forth many aircraft project ideas, which ranged from the practical to the bizarre. Some of these ideas were ahead of their time and reached a more advanced design stage, and even affect aircraft today. Within the pages of Luft '46 you will find descriptions of these aircraft projects, illustrated with three-view drawings, model photos and custom color artwork....

    http://www.luft46.com/


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    As a translator of war books I have often received unsolicited material through the post.

    About twelve years ago a document came into my hands from a clandestine Waffen-SS archive. This document claimed that Hitler's SS-scientists had developed a "Death Ray".

    It had been first tried out experimentally in Belgium in May 1940 when German paratroopers attacked the forts at Eben Emael and Battis. It had been improved and was used next at Normandy on D-Day "to cripple a large unit". It was used aboard German U-boats in the Kattegat in March 1945. and so on.

    I did not think that this was very likely but now I have identified the occasions mentioned, and I would like to give brief details of what I have discovered.

    The sources of the first incident in Belgium are quotes from a Spanish newspaper in May 1940. They are quoted in full in the recently published Der Stille Angriff - die Einnahme der Brücken bei Veldwezelt, Vroenhoven und Kanne in Belgien durch deutschen Fallschirmjäger am 10 Mai 1940: authors Gonzalez, Steinke and Tannahill (Galland Books, German translation of Spanish original version).

    1. The Spanish newspaper ABC, Andalucia edition, 14 May 1940 at p.6, stated that German paratroops at the Albert Canal, where they seized the Belgian fort at Eben Emael, had an apparatus able to fit into a rucksack which could kill everyone within a radius of 100 metres...Others believe it is a discovery involving radium which gives off such strong radiations that nothing can be done to neutralize it. It is said that this new weapon made it possible to break through the line of Belgian fortifications."


    2. In the Madrid edition next day at p.9, the newspaper referred to the "new German secret weapon whose tremendous effects were put under the spotlight at Fort Eben Emael near Liège. What could this new secret weapon be?...Some war correspondents believe it could be a gas which attacks and rusts cannons, MGs and rifles in a split-second and prevents them from working."


    3. On 17 May 1940 at p.8 the same newspaper went on: "...It is reported that during the attack on Fort Eben Emael, nobody could use the guns and MGs. In any case, these same weapons had suddenly refused to work. Because of the wording of these reports it is not clear if the new weapon used by German paratroops affected only persons, or only weapons, or both at the same time."


    In my next posting we move ahead to 1944 at Normandy Beach. What did the document mean when it reported how the Death Ray "crippled a large unit"?

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