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Artilleryman29 Aug 2021 10:47 a.m. PST

In the later part of WW2 the German Fallschirmjaegers received an extra light machine gun in each section (Gruppe). Did these come with a crew making a section 12 strong, or were two of the existing Jaegers given the gun, keeping the strength at 10? I would welcome any information.

Starfury Rider29 Aug 2021 11:30 a.m. PST

The one (and only) KStN I've seen for a German Para Company is the one dated 01 May 1944, and shows two NCOs, four riflemen and four LMG numbers per Rifle Squad, so still an authorised strength of ten men.


Artilleryman29 Aug 2021 2:11 p.m. PST

Excellent. Thanks very much

Wargamer Blue29 Aug 2021 2:59 p.m. PST

Didn't change. They dropped on Crete with two MG34's per section.

Korvessa30 Aug 2021 8:00 p.m. PST

Starfury Rider

I think the correct breakdown is as follows:
2 x NCO
4 x LMG
4 dudes carrying ammmo

Pyrate Captain22 Oct 2021 8:52 p.m. PST

Did not a glider borne section also have the DFS-230's MG-15. And if so, did this increase the LMGs per section?

Artilleryman24 Oct 2021 1:43 p.m. PST

Yes you are correct. The pilot was supposed to man the gun and give fire support as necessary. However, as far as I am aware, it was not part of the establishment of the section. Rather it was part of the glider's equipment. Therefore if no glider operation, then this gun was not available. So, after Crete, apart from 'special' operations such as Gran Sasso and Vercours, most of the Fallschirmjagers of 1943-45 tended not to see it.

repaint25 Oct 2021 7:23 a.m. PST

If a squad was 10 men with 2 x LMG, what would be the smallest manoeuver elements?

2 teams(5 men), each including an LMG?
2 LMG teams and 2 infantry teams?

Andy ONeill25 Oct 2021 10:01 a.m. PST

Manoeuvre would be by squad. Forget fire teams and splitting squads.

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