Posted Jan 30 2013 - 00:23
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Posted Jan 30 2013 - 07:08
A portion was assigned to the Luftwaffe, but that was for the Luftwaffe ground troops (which, for some strange reason, they had).
Posted Jan 30 2013 - 07:39
Posted Jan 30 2013 - 18:20
I'm imagining a Marder with its barrel pointed up and shooting at paratroopers
Those actions could have been done by regular infantry. The reason the Luftwaffe had ground troops was because the entire nazi war machine was hilariously inefficient, and every leader wanted to consolidate as much power under themselves as possible.
Posted Jan 30 2013 - 21:36
uh, the FallschirmJager was part of the Luftwaffe. I think it's better for air units to have their own ground protection troops than detachment from the Wehrmacht who is under someone else's command. Actually they were 1 of the most efficient, they hold out for years after Kursk with nothing. THe same can't be said for their command structure however.
Posted Feb 07 2013 - 16:13
Doing some backlog checking, and I have to ask... which year are they referring to?
Because German Fallschirmjaeger (Paratroop) Divisions ceased being air-mobile sometime around 1943, and instead became motorized infantry Divisions.
This is why the 3rd Fallschirmjaeger Division - which famously fought in Normandy - came into battle with enough half-tracks and trucks for a whole regiment, a company of Stug assault guns, several batteries of 75mm ATGs, and a battery of 105mm guns. All of which can't be used by "paratroopers" who want to jump out of airplanes, but perfectly usable for a motorized infantry Division.
So if you're referring to the transformed Fallschirmjaegers, then it'd be relatively easy to find one using a Marder - all of the Fallshirmjaegers in 1944 tried to have at least one assault gun company in their TO&E.
Edited by Zinegata, Feb 07 2013 - 16:14.
Posted Feb 07 2013 - 16:18
And this, of course, was a direct answer to the American's 75mm Recoilless Rifle solution:
Posted Feb 07 2013 - 16:26
Posted Feb 07 2013 - 18:52
Years ago I read a book canned Hitler's Navy and the author frequently hit upon the different branches of Hitler's Army not getting along, one cited example was supposedly the first capital ship the Germans lost was to their own airforce due to a lack of communications between the Luftwaffe and the Navy. Based on this I can easily imagine the Luftwaffe wanting their own forces defending airfields and resources over having the Army choose to reallocate defenses against their will. I make no claims to this being true, but it's the impression I get.
Posted Feb 08 2013 - 02:10
The Luftwaffe did actually form its own army - resulting in the Luftwaffe Field Divisions and an expansion of the Fallschirmjaegers. This was basically just a result of Goering wanting to have his own army, like how Himmler essentially had his own army in the form of the SS.
Posted Feb 12 2013 - 07:29
This documentary contains quite a bit of information about the Marder. It is not mainly foocused about where were the Marders deployed, but you can see an interesting footage of a Marder used by Fallschirmjägers near Monte Cassino.
Ignore the title; while they do showcase the Hummel, it is not the main focus of the documentary.
Edit: took a while to figure how to insert a video. It turns out that you only have to wrap the link in [media] tags.
Edited by Richardsen, Feb 12 2013 - 07:31.
Posted Feb 12 2013 - 07:43
Cool, that confirms it then. 1st Fallschirmjaegers fought in Italy, so they're definitely one of the Fallschirmjaeger units with Marders.
Posted Feb 12 2013 - 09:39
Bear in mind though, that the images of the Fallschirmjägers near Monte Cassino correspond to a Marder III M, not specifically Marder II´s as you were asking.
Posted Mar 05 2013 - 03:34
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