Wehrmacht Fallschirmjäger equipment.
These photographs are of the Fallschirmjäger harness, parachute and parachute storage container. The German design of parachute had a single point of attatchment to the harness in contrast to the double attatchment to the harness of all the Allied parachutes. On the German design, the paratroop hung from the parachute via a single line. On the Allied parachutes, via two lines which ran to this shoulder straps. You can see this most clearly when the Allied paratroops put their hands above their shoulders and grab both lines while they are falling to earth. The German parachutes were abandoned after the war because they were already too small to arrest the speed of an overloaded Fallschirmjäger, which resulted in injuries.
This is the static line attatchment hook.
This hook and line attach to the container, the bag which holds the parachute on the back of the Fallschirmjäger. When lining up to jump within the aircraft the hook is attached to the running line within the aircraft. When you jump, the line runs out behind you and because it is hooked over the aircrafts internal cable, it stays in the aircraft and the line pulls open the parachute bag, causing the parachute to deploy. This is called Static-Line parachute jumping. As you would expect, the hook and the line are substantial and very strong. If the line or hook snapped, you would jump out of the aircraft without your parachute still within its bag. You would have to deploy the parachute yourself. Paratroops are dropped near to the ground to prevent them being blown a long distance from their destination so you will not have much time to work out any problems. A Fallschirmjäger on Crete was awarded the Iron Cross after becoming tangled with another Fallschirmjäger and getting them both down on the ground alive on his parachute.
Open: This is one of the quick-relase buckles which hold your parachute harness about your body.
Closed: Push both of the shrouded buttons within the cylinder to release the lock. It is strong and fast.
Closed: You can see the top shrouded release button.
Closed: You can see the bottom shrouded release button.
Leg loops, both held by quick release locks.
This kit bag contains both parachute and harness.
The FL number on the kitbag.
This metal container is for storage of the entire parachute and harness.
The parachute container closed. Complete parachutes, with harness, kitbag and container are rare and difficult to obtain.
Luftwaffe Fallschirmjager with their drop canister. The canister held a radio set and the radio operator is attempting to use it. In the second canister behind the first, you can see a 7.92mm amunnition tin. The Fallschirmjager had ammunitions tins made from aluminum to save weight during the lifts.
+ SEE ALSO
+ Where Eagles Dare (1968)
- World War II Troop Type Parachutes Axis: Germany, Italy, Japan: An Illustrated Study by Guy Richards published by Schiffer Military History 0764311107
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