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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 20:26 pm 
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Hi All,
Does anyone know if MG42s were ever placed in Drop cannisters? I know the MG34 was, and have seen plenty of pics of these in the cannisters, but no 42s. If not, was it because of the length, or perhaps the way the weapon is broken down?


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 15:34 pm 
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Good question this.

My first thought would be MG34 a weapon of choice, slower firing rate so less ammo required to be carried.

If i see anything, i will post on here.

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Did the Germans make any parachute drops after the mg42 came out?


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:17 am 
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jamesb0551 wrote:
Did the Germans make any parachute drops after the mg42 came out?


Sicily 1943, Leros and Ardenne 1944. Not forgetting the "liberation" of Mussolini and Bulgaria. Not Large drops, but still a parachute opereation after the 1942 period.

Some good info here: http://www.fjr2.be/Pagina%20E-26-%20Ger ... chutes.htm

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 12:45 pm 
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Thank you Gary (Y)

never stop learning, i knew Crete put them off big drops


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Operation Eiche was DFS/gliders not by chute....

And trucks to the bottom of the mountain.....

Me thinks....

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Defo MG42s on leros

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 20:42 pm 
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I have 2 packing manuals for the containers. They all contain MG34's - no mg42's. I have seen photos of MG34s being removed from containers, but no mg42s. A bit strange. Very little difference in length (10mm), so my next thought was weight, but the Mg34 is 12.1kg and the MG42 is 11.6kg. The only significant difference (aside from ROF) is the recommended barrel changing rates (every 150 rounds per MG 42 and every 250 rounds per MG34). It could also be that the manuals were written early on, probably before the MG42 came into service.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 21:14 pm 
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I think you are correct, I'm sure the troops dropped on Kos and Leros would have been predominantly equipped with 42s. There is an account in a book by a veteran of him jumping with an MG on a rope, it broke on landing!


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC15jwNoiH8

0.42 fallschirmjaeger coming in holding the sling!!!!!

There is plenty of evidence of this and jumping holding ammo boxes!

I bet that hurts in the slipstream!

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 23:19 pm 
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Great link - thank you! Amazing to see the guy land with am MG. I have seen footage of someone exiting a plane with a K98, but certainly not landing with a weapon. Being a parachutist I have had many discussions with friends about the German landing form, and about the possibility of jumping with weapons. I will pass this video on.
















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