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German Gebirgsjager machinegunner's album pictures

Article about: For me is most interesting is that some of the soldiers (owner too in the pictures) )used PPD and PPSch soviet submashineguns

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    Hi Dimas.
    If you are still wondering why is there so many PPSh in use by German troops, here:

    The captured PPSh was in particular a favorite weapon of the Germans. Because of the similarities between the 7.62x25mm Tokarev and the 7.63x25mm Mauser cartridge used in the Mauser C96 pistol, the PPSh was easily supplied with ammunition. In fact so many were captured that it became the second-most-common submachinegun used by German forces. Attempts were also made to convert the weapon to 9mm Parabellum to conform to German logistics. The Wehrmacht officially adopted the converted PPSh-41 as the MP41; unconverted PPSh-41s were designated MP717 and supplied with 7.63x25mm Mauser ammunition (which is dimensionally identical to 7.62x25mm, but somewhat less powerful). German-language manuals for the use of captured PPShs were printed and distributed in the Wehrmacht.

    And here is some more info:
    Both Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS soldiers were keen to get any they could find and press them into service as their personal weapons. Numerous photos demonstrate the widespread use of PPSh41 in German use where it was given the official designation 7.62mm MP7 717(r). Late in the war some were converted to the German 9x19mm Parabellum ammunition and featured modified magazine housing for MP40 box magazine.

    Last edited by vaskoto1; 11-27-2010 at 08:20 PM.

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    Very nice photos, Iam particulary interesting in Gebirgsjäger photos, my father was in the gebirgsjäger regiment 100 in 1943,44,45. But as yet I have never see him on photos presented. Perhaps on day..........
    Best regards

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