Hello everyone and welcome to this new uniform video review. Today, I will present you a German paratrooper outfit in version of battle Jitomir. First of all, I have to clarify certain points, as usual. This video is only a base that will serve you to build your uniform. This is by no means a Bible that will save you from buying books, specialty magazines, or even doing research on the Internet. I voluntarily didn’t hide the insignia, so as to remain faithful to the story. This doesn’t mean that I don’t condemn the acts of the Third Reich. I don’t put forward the ideology of the time but the story. And if this video shocks you, I invite you to discover my other videos that don’t have these crosses. If you have information to add, then feel free to post it in the comments, so we can all learn more. You will find all the elements that constitute this uniform as a list in the description of this video, with the corresponding timing. This outfit can be used from the end of 1942 to the end of the war without any problem and without major modification. I’m going to present you an outfit with a snow camouflage, although the decor doesn’t lend itself to it. I’m sorry, I’m in Brittany, the snow is rare, so I can’t make it… So it’s up to you to imagine the snowy peaks of Russia HISTORY of Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 2 It was in June 1939 that the 2nd Fallschirmjäger Regiment was created, at Gardelegen, as part of the Airborne expansion in the 7th Parachute Division. It took part in the fighting in Poland in September 1939, transported by plane, but without having great strategic importance, remaining relatively calm. In May 1940, it was engaged in fighting in Holland as part of the Blitzkrieg in the West, and experienced some difficulties, parachutes being more or less well conducted, and the Dutch forces managing to stand up to them at the various targeted aerodromes. In April 1941, the regiment went to Greece to counter a counterattack of the Greeks, which ended in success, with 2000 opponents captured. but at the cost of many victims: 63 dead, 16 missing and 158 wounded. The 2nd Fallschirmjäger Regiment naturally participated in the invasion of Crete from May 20 to 31, 1941. Operation Merkur is the largest airborne operation conducted by Germany, resulting in the complete capture of the island, but at the cost of many victims: nearly 4000 paras were killed and 500 were captured. This was also the last major airborne operation, the Fallschirmjäger being then used as ground troops. Operation Barbarossa was fired but the regiment remained in reserve in Germany. It’s therefore in November 1941 that the regiment is engaged in Ukraine, participating in violent clashes in extreme weather conditions, until March 1942. The 2nd regiment is then transferred near Leningrad, before being withdrawn, having suffered much to avoid the rupture of the encirclement of the city. The survivors of the 2nd regiment are repatriated to the West from the end of June 1942 until the end of July 1942 to rest. But before the troops are completely complete, elements of the regiment are sent to Africa to support Rommel and AfrikaKorps from August 1942, as part of the Ramcke Brigade. They will fight until May 1943, but only a few paratroopers could be evacuated in Italy. What remained of the 2nd regiment is then transferred to the new 2nd division of paratroopers (created in Brittany in March 1943). The 2nd regiment participates in many skirmishes in Italy, undergoing the incessant British assaults, but they shine by their courage, managing to win battles against the English and the Italians, these having changed camp some time before. Following these successes, 5 members of the 2nd regiment obtained the German gold cross. The division was then sent to Jitomir, Ukraine, between 17 and 27 November 1943. The division met successes against the Soviets until 23 December 1943, when it was to go on the defensive. Supported by the 11th Panzer Division and supporting the 2nd Panzer Division SS “Das Reich”, the paratroopers must withdraw, otherwise they will be encircled. The division will be withdrawn in January 1944 to enable it to reform, and in the sector of Wahn, near Cologne. She was transferred to Brittany in May 1944. Despite the invasion of Normandy, a battalion of each regiment was mobilized in Brest to hold the area. The battle of Brest was a failure and the 7th regiment was fully captured. The remains of the 2nd regiment were reinforced and in October 1944 it was deployed in the Oldenburg area. Then he was sent to Holland for training, and to Amsterdam in December 1944. From January 1945 to mid-February, the regiment will defend the positions of the Reichswald against the British troops, before starting a progressive retreat over the battles and eventually capitulate on April 10, 1945, after a new encirclement. UNIFORM In November 1943 stands the battle of Jitomir, opposing the 2nd Regiment Fallschirmjäger to the Red Army. The summer ends and the weather conditions are again very difficult. The previous winters have shown the Germans that they had to adapt their uniforms to extreme temperatures, and so take hot equipment, both on the front and back. But despite everything, the equipment transported was not enough in the face of -30° of the East climate. Very soon, when the parachutists appeared, it was necessary to develop a specific trousers, allowing in particular to integrate the first model kneepads. Thus was developed the M38 pants, which was used throughout the war by the airborne troops. It has two pockets on the sides, two pockets on the buttocks, closing with snaps. A pocket at the front allowed to put the pocket watch, not necessarily useful but tradition preserved. It will be advisable to wear a pair of straps for a better comfort! Two loops on the sides allow a first waist adjustment. Appeared in 1940 to replace the side lacing boots, considered impractical, the 2nd type jumping boots received a frontal lacing, making their handling easier. They are made of leather with 2 sets of 12 eyelets, have a cotton lace and their sole should also be leather, unlike the cheap reproduction presented here, which has a rubber sole. But this cheap reproduction will have the advantage of not having the problem of the original boots: the smooth soles of the original boots are a horror when walking in wet grass. Note that my boots are dead just after the shooting of this video, I can only advise you to take good boots from the beginning! Dutch jumping boots will also do the trick, as long as they are black, and without a stub. Regulatory shirt of the German army from 1943, replacing the collarless sweater, the shirt M43 is a derivative of the blue shirt Luftwaffe or ocher Afrika Korps shirt. It made it possible to avoid the use of a false collar on the Feldbluse because of its high collar. His two chest pockets will carry a wallet and the Soldbuch. Shoulders boards can be placed, loops and buttons being present. But I advise you to remove them, the straps pressing precisely at this place, and it can hurt the shoulders, especially with a heavy binding that could complement. Set up in December 1940, the second model of the Fliegerbluse came to correct the problems of the first version, which didn’t have external pockets, making the jacket uncomfortable. It closes with 5 buttons, but the last button was only rarely buttoned, allowing, if necessary, to discover the tie. Hooks are placed on the hips to help place and support the webbing when worn The men of the rank used their Fliegerbluse as much in the combat as dress ouftif, this one being sufficiently worked to answer the two requests. It’s made of gray-blue wool, specific color of the Luftwaffe, and is lined with a satinette inside. Two inside pockets have been installed and a small pocket inside the right flap will be used to accommodate a bandage Being paratrooper, the minimum decoration will be the parachutist’s badge, worn on the left chest. Our soldier is here a Gefreiter, first rank after Flieger. This grade will be represented by a chevron sewn on his left arm. It’s specific to the Luftwaffe because the braid is different from Heer one. The shoulder boards with yellow piping will be standard for all the men of the rank in the paras, as for the collar tabs, they will carry the color of the branch, Jäger, as well as the 2 seagulls corresponding to Gefreiter. A specific chest eagle for the troop will be placed on the right chest. To protect themselves from the cold, the first vital protection will be woolen elements that will allow the soldier to protect himself at least from the wind. The wool gloves won’t be very effective against the snow, it must be known, because it will melt with body heat and soak. The neck toque was effective to protect the ears, and the scarf, which will be placed in the neck, will complete the set. The neck toque had the advantage of being able to wear under a headdress, unlike the scarf, too thick to fulfill this role. The M38 helmet appeared in 1938, two years after the creation of the Fallschirmjäger. The paras had previously the classic M35 helmet. But it was improved to allow better support during the jump, and the famous protection of the neck of the M35 helmet was removed, giving this shape so special. The eastern front and the snowy countryside forced the paras to adapt, so a water-washable paint was applied by brush, which has been reproduced here. This is a Chinese copy with a realistic shape, sometimes more interesting than the reproductions sold in the French shops. In order to protect themselves effectively from extreme climates, the Germans developed, starting in 1942, sets intended to be worn over the standard uniform, thus making it possible to replace the coat, which is not practical to wear in the snow. So a gray over-pants on one side, white on the other was developed. It has two pockets, also reversible, and a pair of straps, hooked by a button on each side. A lace at the back allows a tightening at the waist, and laces at the calves allow to fix the sleeves on the boots of jump, or the classic boots. I can only advise you to fix the buttons, even if you add some, the pants are thick, so heavy. The mere fact of lying down with this copy blew up the buttons holding the suspenders. Developed at the same time as the trousers, the gray and white reversible parka was highly appreciated by soldiers in combat, the latter being more adaptable and practical than the coat. It closes with 6 plastic buttons, or pelletized buttons, it could vary; and a belt will tighten the parka at the waist, to maintain the heat. A hood will cover the helmet and increase camouflage. This will have drawstrings to prevent wind from catching during a storm. Two pockets are arranged on the sides. These are also reversible, so be careful not to drop your belongings on the other side of the jacket. This is a standard model used by the entire German army, but it was more common to see paratroopers equipped with a quilted model, specific for the Luftwaffe. But this model doesn’t exist or little in reproduction at the moment, so I can’t present it for the moment. Don’t hesitate to roll in the mud to skate your outfit, it will save you from unnecessary remarks. Adopted after the disastrous winter of 1941-1942, the improved fur cap named Pelzmütze was offered to Luftwaffe personnel. It’s a mix between the Bergmütze, for the visor; the future cap M43 for the shape; and a chapka for the sheep fur. The national emblem mechanically embroidered in cotton thread on a base of gray-blue cloth is sewn on the front part, surmounting a cockade. These two badges are sewn on the body of the cap, made of a kind of skin. Side flaps can be attached either to the top of the cap or under the chin, with a button and a flange. Small earpieces will be attached to the sides of the cap, to hide a hole, intended primarily to receive headphones. This is a quality reproduction, you can find a link in the description of this video. This type of equipment was mainly used by the pilots, but it’s not excluded that paratroopers could get some. However, a cap of this type was found in the back, or during the rest phases, not being practical for the fight. Appearing with the white winter set after the first catastrophic winter of 1941, the felt boots were used by the Heer, but also by the Luftwaffe, including the Fallschirmjäger. This is a pair of classic boots, on which the stem will have been retained, but a felt band will be added over the ankle. The interior of the shoe will also be lined with felt, so as to keep warm to the maximum. The sole will no longer be studded but in rubber, to prevent the steel nails of conventional boots from leading the cold to the foot of the soldier. This is an original copy of my size, which is rare enough to be noted. Reproductions exist, however of poor quality and not faithful to the original. But for lack of better, I advise you to adopt the ugly reproductions in reconstitution, it would be a shame to damage a pair of original boots. EQUIPMENT The thickness caused by the wearing of all these successive layers will have one advantage: you won’t have Y-Straps to carry to maintain your equipment, the belt being particularly tight. If you plan to replicate this configuration, plan a larger size with the belt to have a length margin. The brown belt is quickly abandoned to the profile of the black belt after 1940, or reteinted in black. It closes with a specific Luftwaffe loop for the troop. Our Gefreiter being a MG shooter, he is therefore equipped with a handgun, here a Luger P08, contained in a black leather holster. An additional magazine can be transported in a separate pocket. The Luger P08 is a weapon from before the 1st war, which continued to be manufactured until 1942. Manufactured by Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken, it’s here equipped with bakelite grips, characteristic of pistols manufactured during the 2nd war. A bayonet provided for the Mauser 98k is worn here, it can be a good melee weapon. It’s slipped into a scarbbard, itself attached to the belt by a leather frog. The M31 bread bag will be taken from the Heer here. It will contain enough to hold a few days on the front, of which you will see some elements later in this video. On the ring and the right passer of the bread bag is arranged a water bottle M31, consisting of a bottle, a felt cover, an aluminum cup, all bound by a leather strap. On the right side of the belt will be placed the maintenance case of the machine gun, which will contain tools for disassembly, cleaning, an anti-aircraft grid, a tape primer, a spare firing pin (optional), a manual (also optional) and an asbestos glove will be placed on the front of the case. The 6×30 Dienstglas binoculars were designed for all platoon leaders, but could also be used by MG gunners, who needed to quickly identify friendly or enemy personnel before firing. The binoculars could be made of aluminum or bakelite. Some binoculars could have graduations on the lenses, in order to estimate the distance of an objective more easily. Different accessories will be available, only one has been installed here: the small leather strap. This is a pair of French post-war binoculars, very similar to the German model. There were several ways to transport the ammunition needed to supply the machine gun. Thus, the hundreds of cartridges of 7.92 could be stored in drums of 50 cartridges, like this one, hooked to the maintenance case. The advantage of drums is that they are easy to use. The disadvantage is its low capacity: 50 cartridges, it’s little for a MG42. It was also possible to carry 250 rounds in ammunition boxes of this type. The 250 cartridges were placed on bands with dependent links. Each band can hold up to 50 rounds, like the one around our gunner’s neck, but they could be put end to end to form a band of 250 rounds. However, it would be more logical, in our case here, to have 2 strips of 100 cartridges + a band of 50 contained in the box, in addition to 50 drum cartridges and those around the neck. The MG42 for Maschinengewehr Zwei und vierzig is undoubtedly the most famous and feared infantry weapon of the Second World War. It begins to be used in 1942 to replace the MG34. Thus, Metall und Lackierwarenfabrik Johannes Grossfuss AG develops a machine gun simpler to manufacture, therefore cheaper, inspired by the mechanism of manufacture of the MP40: stamping and welding assembly. His cadency ranged from 1200 strokes per minute in 1942 to 1500 strokes per minute after the development of a special cartridge. In all, nearly 400,000 copies were made until 1945. It weighs 11.6kg with the removable bipod and can be worn on any tripod already developed for the MG34. The rate being high, the barrel heated very quickly, so a system of rapid gun change was set up so that the change takes only 6 to 10 seconds, using the asbestos glove previously presented. The bipod could be placed at the front, as here, but also at the base of the barrel. Unlike the MG34, the MG42 didn’t have a semi-automatic firing mode. An anti-aircraft grid could be placed on the top of the machine gun, which the MG42/53 can’t do. This is a replica airsoft developed by the Japanese manufacturer Shoei, you can find the complete reviews of this beautiful replica in the description of this video. The spare barrel and ammunition were often carried by 1 or 2 ammo carriers, in addition to the eventual Lafette tripod. It was dangerous for an MG gunner to remain alone, as he was a prime target as soon as he opened fire. The job of the assistant gunner was to help feed the MG when using the belts, the latter to be horizontal as much as possible to avoid enrayage. Enrayage could easily happen if the barrel was not regularly changed, it can then be distorted. The paratroopers, as the war progressed, recovered material from the Wehrmacht, manufactured in larger quantities than the specific equipment of the Luftwaffe. Although absent here because impractical, paratroopers still kept their jump smocks. SUMMARY Arriving in 1942, the troops winter boots, made of felt, are received by soldiers likely to end up in situations of extreme cold. Thus, the Fallschirmjäger of the 2nd regiment were able to receive it in November 1943, before returning on the Eastern front. These boots are made of leather and a felt leg replaces the flanks of the boot, to prevent the snow from reaching the foot. The interior will also be draped with felt, and a hard rubber sole will allow maximum insulation of the foot from the cold, much better than the nails of the classic boot. You have here an original pair, but reproductions exist, although not very expensive and not very well reproduced. The German paratrooper must be mobile, fast, and for that, nothing beats a good pair of boots 2nd type. They allow, unlike conventional boots, to walk in the mud without risking getting stuck. And they will remain more waterproof than conventional boots, which will take more easily water despite the presence of gaiters. They will have a smooth sole, made normally leather. This is a cheap copy that I don’t recommend, these boots didn’t support the few efforts that I could make them suffer. The M38 pants were developed to be practical for paratroopers. Thus openings for the knee pads were placed on the flanks, closed by snaps. Pockets are also closed by snaps on the flanks and on the back, allowing to lock the pockets but allow their quick opening, unlike the classic buttons pants of the regular army. Links to the feet appeared in 1938 to lock the pants in the boots, a feature that will only be repeated from 1943 on the pants of the Heer. It will be advisable to wear suspenders to complete the buckles on the flanks. Luftwaffe personnel had several options for what to wear under their Fliegerbluse. The blue shirt was adopted at the beginning of the war, but it was replaced by the gray shirt of the Heer from its appearance, in 1943. Thus the shirt M43 was worn in combat when the blue shirt was kept for rest and exits. Passers-by and buttons could allow the shoulder boards to be worn, and pockets on the breasts could carry a wallet or a Soldbuch. The Fliegerbluse is the service jacket of the Air Force, allowing both to be used in combat, but also at rest, following the same principle as the Feldbluse of other corps. It’s made of gray-blue wool, characteristic of a Luftwaffe material. A Luftwaffe chest eagle is sewn on the right side of the jacket. The shoulder boards will include a yellow border specific to Luftwaffe hunters, color that we will find on the collar tabs. The two gulls come to give the rank of Gefreiter, confirmed by the chevron sewn on the left arm. The only badge on the left side will be the jump badge, attesting to the soldier’s paratroop training. Inside pockets are used to store small items, and outer pockets appeared in 1940, giving the 2nd Fliegerbluse model, which will replace the M35 model. The M38 helmet is a derivative of the M35 helmet, adapted specifically for paratroopers to improve the keeping on the head, without interfering with the lines of the parachute during the jump. Although the Fallschirmjäger didn’t jump after Crete, they still kept their traditional helmet. However, some paras could have conventional helmets. This one is covered with a white paint, applied to the big brush, allowing an optimal camouflage snow. The interior is more worked than the interior of the classic helmet. It has foam tabs at the edges for better support. The leather bottom has been intentionally opened to allow the helmet to be worn well on the head and protect it to the maximum. The jugular is adaptable thanks to a leg that slips on the leather strap. A snap can cling to two different places depending on the morphology of the soldier. Two decals were initially affixed, then only one from 1940, to have no more after 1942. But the German paratroopers could have double decals until the end of the war, even if it remained rather rare. The single decal was, meanwhile, very common. The Pelzmütze was a cap made for very cold weather for Luftwaffe personnel. It’s made with a sheepskin for the outside, and the fur is made in the wool of this same animal. The specific insignia of the Luftwaffe are sewn on the front. The flaps of the cap are folded over when they are useless, chapka way, or can be tied under the neck with a link and a button. This cap was worn only punctually, it’s not distributed on a large scale. This equipment could however be used by the Fallschirmjäger, especially at the rear, it being inconvenient for the fight. When temperatures became difficult, the equipment against the cold was not optional, and everything was good to take. As a result, woolen gloves, a neck toque and a gray wool scarf were distributed to the soldiers based on inventory and availabilities. Some soldiers could take civilian clothes or recovery as the field progresses to fulfill this indispensable role when it’s -30°. This equipment is not specific for the Luftwaffe, the Wehrmacht has also perceived it. After the dramatic winter of 1941 on the Eastern Front, it was decided to develop a set allowing the soldier to protect himself from the cold, the wind, the snow, and in addition to offering an effective way to camouflage himself , whatever the environment. Thus, the parka + pants set was developed in 1942. The first model was gray and white. This is a set more commonly used by the Wehrmacht, the Fallschirmjäger having their own set with a quilted finish. But this set doesn’t exist yet in public reproduction. However, many German paratroopers had the entire Wehrmacht, for lack of Luftwaffe stock. There could be white plastic buttons, like here, but also classic white painted buttons. Links allow different clamping to keep the warm inside. This set is fully reversible, including pockets and hood. The webbing was the indispensable equipment for the soldier. It’s here in light configuration, allowing the soldier to survive a day, two at most, remaining light and mobile, more suitable for the fight. Our shooter having a collective weapon, it’s normal that he’s armed with a handgun, here Luger P08 with bakelite grips slipped into his leather holster. This is an airsoft gun from WE. A bayonet for Mauser will be placed in a steel scabbard, itself attached to the black leather belt thanks to a frog. On the right side will be placed the bread bag M31. It will contain various elements, here reproduced by a professional. You will find a link with all the reproductions available in the description of this video. Here we have candies, chocolates, sugar and matches. An M31 bottle will hang on the bread bag on the right side. And finally, a maintenance kit for the machine gun will be placed on the belt, at the front so as to be accessible quickly. An asbestos glove is positioned over it. This is a post-war glove that looks great, but some faithful reproductions, and no asbestos, exist. The whole will be worn on a black belt, which will close with a steel buckle, here a specific model for the Luftwaffe. Element essential for combat and for tracking, the pair of 6×30 binoculars will be used by MG42 gunners, with at least one pair per group, a group that can be made up of 2, 3 or even 4 people. They are presented here in their simplest device, with a strap, while other accessories will be available: protection for the lenses, a paw to hold the binoculars attached to a button of the jacket, or the leather case. These are French post-war binoculars, very similar to the German model of the Second World War. Machine gun ammunition could take many forms. The MG cartridges, identical to the Mauser cartridges, will be installed in link bands secured to each other. The base band will hold 50 cartridges, and they can be assembled to infinity. Drums can be used as a magazine for the MG, practices to use, but can only contain 50 cartridges. The ammunition box will hold 250 cartridges, 5 strips of 50. This is an original box, restored by me. The drum is a repainted Yugoslavian post-war, and the tape contains only neutralized cartridges. A machine gun emblematic of the Second World War and the German army, the MG42 was developed to overcome the minor defects encountered on the MG34, and offer a rate of fire still unmatched by the machine guns of the time. This is a replica airsoft brand Shoei, reproduced identically (except the weight), and with pads and a stick Bakelite. Wooden elements are also available, but the current configuration of the MG doesn’t allow its installation, the latter being electrical. A bipod will make the machine gun mobile, and a strap will allow its transport, both shoulder strap and to be used as a handle, a strap passing on each side of the body of the machine gun. You can find the different links reviews I could make this replica in the description of this video, as well as the review of Luger P08 brand WE. Here is what concludes this uniform presentation video, I hope you enjoy it. If so, don’t hesitate, as usual, to leave a blue thumb, comment, subscribe and share this video. I want to thank WW2 Rations for their support of this video, see the link of their instagram in the description to discover their great work on German rations and what you can put in your pockets and more. Thank you also to SWIT Airsoft and Epic militaria for their help, as well as to all my tippeners, who are more and more numerous! If you also want to support me, go discover my page Tipeee, whether for a regular or punctual donation, I don’t oblige you to anything! Thanks also to Scotty from Traders of the Lost Surplus for his help, it’s there that you can find a cap of this type, go see the shop of my friend Scotty, the link is in the description also. And finally, I want to thank my comrade Let’s Talk Y-stoire for his participation in the first part of this video, you will find the link of his channel in the description of the video. 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