Friday, July 30, 2010

Fallschirmjäger test figure #3 in Sumpfmuster 43(Marsh Pattern)

This Fallschirmjäger is also wearing Sumpfmuster(Marsh Pattern)although of an earlier date(43').The pattern base is a bit lighter then the 44' version.Another interesting point is the Luftwaffe blue trousers which is a bone of contention and some controversy among historians.Many site that the Fallschirmjäger were never issued this type of trousers although others contend they were.I decided to include them as the Fallschirmjäger's regiments were at times filled out by other Luftwaffe ranks(either as support or processed and trained) that did include blue trousers and also of course the variety it offers in painting the platoon.
He is also wearing a camouflaged helmet cover in the splinter pattern as the marsh pattern was not produced or at least not issued for helmet covers.In addition he is wearing gaiters,but often these were removed for comfort.
This particular Jäger is carrying the much feared MG 42 that was a highly successful machine gun which was easy to transport due to it's relatively light weight in relation to it's size. When firing it had quite a distinct sound like a saw due to it's extreme rapid rate of fire at around 1200 to 1500 rounds a minute!This high rate of fire was both positive and negative in that on the positive side fire superiority could be achieved,but to maintain this was costly in terms of ammunition and over heating barrels.Many veteran gunners learned to control the bursts and were able to get the best results from this fearsome piece of equipment.
I need to do one more test figure and then I'll start painting them in groups of 3 or 4 which is a small amount,but I think best due to the complexity of painting these type of troops.(Complex for me at least)On to the next Jäger!:-)
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