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Posted: 8/19/2001 10:18:22 PM EDT
Have always been a fan of the MP-38/40, the famous German SMG. I've seen lots of pictures of them, and wonder if anyone knows who they were normally assigned/issued to. Certainly the paratroopers did, but who else?
Link Posted: 8/20/2001 7:31:50 AM EDT
[url]www-solar.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/~aaron/WW2ORG/ger.html[/url] More info on other formations such as: German Rifle Company (1942-43) German Rifle Company (1944-45) German Volksgrenadier Company (1944-45) German Fallschirmjaeger Battalion German Organisation in WW2 German SS Panzergrenadier Company (Motorized) (1944-45) Headquarters 3 Rifle Platoons Headquarters 3 Squads 2 x 9mm SMG 1 x PSK 2 x 7.92mm LMG 2 x G98 Rifle (Assistant LMG Gunners) 4 x G98 Rifle Weapons Platoon Headquarters 2 HMG Squads 2 HMG Sections 1 x 7.92mm HMG Mortar Squad 2 Mortar Sections 1 x 81mm Mortar Anti-tank Squad 4 x PSK 1944-45 Variation Any Squad 2 x 9mm SMG 1 x PSK 2 x 7.92mm LMG 2 x G98 Rifle (Assistant LMG Gunners) 1 x G98 Rifle 3 x StG44 Assault Rifle German Infantry Platoon (1939-41) 1 Platoon Leader with Rifle or SMG Platoon HQ Team 1 Platoon HQ Leader with Rifle 1 Messenger with Rifle 1 Messenger with Rifle 1 Messenger with Sniper Rifle 1 Medic with Pistol Mortar Team 1 Mortar Leader with Rifle 1 Mortar man 1 with Pistol and 50mm Mortar 1 Mortar man 2 with Pistol 3 or 4 Groups 1 Group Leader with Rifle or SMG 1 Machinegun man 1 with Pistol and LMG 1 Machinegun man 2 with Pistol 1 Machinegun man 3 with Rifle 1 Infantry man with rifle 1 Infantry man with rifle 1 Infantry man with rifle 1 Infantry man with rifle 1 Infantry man with rifle 1 Infantry man with rifle NOTES: 1. There was lack of SMG's in the beginning of war. In Poland all group leaders were armed with Rifles. In 1941 most were armed with SMG's. All platoon leaders had SMG's in France 1940. MPi 18 Bergmann was in use in Poland but MPi 38 and MPi 40 were increasingly in use later. 2. LMG is MG34. MG42 is in use from 1942 onwards. 3. Rifle is Gewehr 98 k but from 1942 onwards Gewehr 41 may be used. Sniper Rifle is accurised G98 k with scope. 4. In Poland all platoons had 3 groups. In 1940 onwards platoons had three or four groups. Some motorized units had platoons with 3 groups and each group being armed with 1 or 2 LMG's. 5. Pistols are P08 (Parabellum). The 7.65mm Walther was issued only to higher ranking officers. P38 came into use together with P08 later in war.
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