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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2004 22:27 pm 
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I found this photo allegedly of Czechoslovak paratroopers....but I'd like a second opinion - at least, ideally more.

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Is this supposed to be Wartime Sasha?
Hmmm, Pilotkas, Maxims, from what I guess are Nagants....
Ash will be along in a bit, he'll probley know

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Yes - allegedly 1944, which fits with the Tractor Filler Caps on the Maxims. The 'pilotkas' could be the Czechoslovakian forage cap. Difficult to make out on the picture.

PS get Ash to check his PM's. I'd like his opinion on something else :D

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I found this photo allegedly of Czechoslovak paratroopers....but I'd like a second opinion - at least, ideally more.


First things first, id the plane, they look they've got too much loose looking kit on to be paratroopers, unless they're going to wear some kind of cover all/smock?

They could be air portable troops?

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Looks like a Lisunov - Dakota copy. There were few enough of them so it seems unlikely they'd be on any other duty.

But airportable does seem more likely.

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Actually, I can't see a single piece of gear in that photo that would suggest they were "paratroops" (well, apart from the Li-2) but then again, VDV is not "paratroops" neccessarily is it ;-)

Perhaps its a translation problem?

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But it proves that " Russians" do wear field equipment unlike most period pictures of truth and you are right about the gear, it would be packed and as for the maxim, that would have to be in a container of some kind.

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Actually, I can't see a single piece of gear in that photo that would suggest they were "paratroops" (well, apart from the Li-2) but then again, VDV is not "paratroops" neccessarily is it ;-)

Perhaps its a translation problem?



Transport aircraft were a real luxury for paratroopers after Barbarossa, the Red AirForce had other priorities, sort of takes the para out of paratroops dosen't it really!

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