Fallschirmjäger FJR6 Carentan – Présentation d’uniforme

Fallschirmjäger FJR6 Carentan – Présentation d’uniforme

WARNING – This uniform features uncensored insignia by historical fidelity. However, no policy will be tolerated in the comments, just as it’s banned from my videos. If these insignia shock you, I invite you to discover my other videos on the allied uniforms, also very interesting. Hello everyone and welcome to this new uniform presentation video. Today I’m going to present you the uniform worn by an Unterfelwebel integrated in the Fallschirmjäger during the Battle of Carentan. If you have a feeling of “déjà vu”, it’s normal. I chose to present you an improved version of the first video I could do, which you will find in the description if you want to compare with the old version. I received quite a lot of bad negative reviews on the first one, so it was important for me to present something clean this time. Other videos with other versions of FJ outfits may come in the future. But first of all, I have to warn you of several sensitive points, as usual. First of all, this video is only a base that will be used to build your uniform, and you should not be spared to buy books, specialized magazines or any Internet searches. Then you are about to see the presentation of a uniform with uncensored insignia. It’s voluntary, I choose not to hide them by historical fidelity, this video is not political. This doesn’t mean that I don’t condemn the atrocities of the Third Reich, but these insignia are part of history, and to forget history is to be condemned to repetition. If you have any comments, then you probably know more than me about it, feel free to comment at the bottom of this video. I want to thank SWIT airsoft and DENIX for their support, you will find the link of the respective sites in the description of this video. I will only show what I wear to avoid a video that would be 2 hours long and cost thousands of Euros, and it will allow me to present other configurations in the future. You will find the complete list of elements that constitute this outfit that I will present you in the description of this video, with the corresponding timing. HISTORY Here is a brief history of the 2nd German Parachute Division, to which was attached the 6th Fallschirmjäger Regiment that I represent. The 2nd division was formed in February 1943 in Brittany in the region of Vannes, and attached to the 7th Corps. The division is formed from several regiments of paratroopers: regiments or battalions of hunters, artillery, panzer and engineers. At the end of May 1942, the division went to the region of Avignon and was established as a strategic reserve, then sent to Italy a month later. On September 8, 1943, the unit moved to Rome to disarm its garrison. Three days later, the 1st company FallschirmJäger Regiment 7 participated in the rescue of Mussolini in Gran Sasso in Italy. At the end of November 1943, part of the division was transferred to Shitomir in Russia, while the other part remained in Italy for incorporation into the new 4th Parachute Division. In the coming months, the division fought in Russia in various cities like Kiev in January 1944, or Kishinev in April of the same year. In May 1944, the impoverished division moved to Cologne-Wahn for a period of rest and reconstruction, then was sent to Normandy a month later. It participates in few fights, but the most notable will be the Battle of Carentan, against the 101st American Airborne Division. It was the 6th Regiment stationed there. In August and September, the division participated in the Battle of Brest, until the surrender of part of the division on September 19, 1944 after being encircled. The order of reactivation was published on September 24, 1944, and all the remains of the old division were gathered in Amersfoort, in the Netherlands. The new division was ready for action in early December 1944, with three new regiments:FallschirmJäger Regiment 2, 7 and 23. The division returned to action in Arnhem in January 1945, among other cities, and it ended the war at Wesel, in the pocket of the Ruhr in April 1945. UNIFORM The paratroopers’ outfit was completely different depending on whether they were in Crete, North Africa, Italy or Normandy. I will present you different configurations in the future, wanting to make you discover all these variants. The main difficulty when making a Fallschirmjäger uniform is to be able to find all the equipment you will need, some elements beig difficult to find in original, and even in copy. The M38 jump pants were designed only for the Fallschirmjäger. It’s made of gray wool and has multiple pockets. The straps are not provided with the pants, but it’s strongly recommended to wear in addition to a possible belt, passersby being arranged for this use. It has two pockets at the back and a loop on each side to tighten the best at the waist. A pocket is located on each side of the pants, in classic places, but have an additional flap closed by a snap. Two openings are made at the knees to slip kneepads protection. It was however more convenient to wear the knee pads over the pants, not to lose too much mobility. A small pocket at the front of the jump pants can store a pocket watch and also closes with a snap. A lace keeps the bottom of the pants in the jump boots, so that the pants are “bloused” over the boots, as worn here. There are two types of boots specifically designed for paratroopers. The most widespread model is the 2nd type, the first type being specific for the beginning of the war, and rather anecdotal. The latter had a lateral lacing, when the 2nd type presented here has a frontal lacing with 2 pairs of 12 eyelets. Some boots may have hooks instead of eyelets for faster lacing. The second type was developed in 1939, although we can find 1st types throughout the conflict depending on the flow of stocks. The sole should be smooth, made of leather with small nails on the circumference, but this is a cheap model made of imitation leather. Just as the Heer’s troops had their shirts to go under the tunic, the Luftwaffe had its own shirt color. The cut is the same as for the Heer, only the color differs. But it turned out that the Luftwaffe staff preferred to use their blue shirts for the outfit and/or outfit, and preferred to use Heer’s M43 gray shirts when it came to fighting. Like the Luft model, it has two chest pockets and closes with 4 buttons on the front. Passers and buttons on the shoulders allow you to attach shoulder boards, but I chose to remove the buttons to prevent the webbing crushes these buttons on my shoulders. An identification plate, which is mandatory for all soldiers, is hung around the neck by means of a lace. The Fliegerbluse M40 2nd type flight jacket is made of dark gray wool slightly bluish. The 2nd model was introduced in December 1940, and is an evolution of the 1935 model. The Fliegerbluse was worn by all Luftwaffe personnel, including paratroopers. It has two inside pockets and two outside pockets with flaps, which distinguishes it from the previous model. The flaps of the outer pockets are closed by granular buttons. A Luftwaffe special chest eagle is worn on the right chest of the jacket, embroidered badge on blue Luftwaffe background. Yellow collar tabs are mounted with two gulls for the rank of Unterfeldwebel, confirmed by the characteristic shoulder straps, and the specific silver braid of the NCOs sewn on the collar. A bar on the right chest testifies that our paratrooper was decorated with the Iron Cross 2nd class, did at least 4 years of active service in the Luftwaffe, he participated in the Anschluss and the annexation of the Sudetenland in 1938 and 1939. A band of arms “Afrika” is found on the left sleeve, 15cm from the bottom of the sleeve, showing that our soldier participated in the campaign of North Africa. Our paratrooper is decorated with the badge of the wounded black (for 1 minimum injury) and a paratrooper’s badge. Be careful to place your eagle, there is no marker for sewing. Get inspired by vintage photos to help you. There is a hook on each side to support the belt. It was very common for the paras to use scarves from civilian life, often the scarf of their fiancée or girlfriend. Our paratrooper doesn’t derogate from this tradition, with this scarf belonging to his wife. Attention, the wearing of the blue scarf with white dots worn by 80% of the reenactors is not found in the vintage photos. The jump blouse or Knochensack is one of the most characteristic elements of the Fallschirmjäger uniform. Originally designed solely for parachute jumping (hence its name and shape, which allowed the equipment to be worn under the blouse), it was finally used in combat. Its many pockets also allowed to carry a lot of materials that it wasn’t possible to carry with the Feldbluse. The type 3 smock has a “splinter” camouflage, closes with large bakelite buttons, and goes down to mid-thigh. On the blouse can be sewn the Luftwaffe chest eagle. For you to choose the background color of the insignia, I chose to take a Feldbluse eagle, but it was possible to take an eagle on a camouflaged background. The flaps on the bottom end of the blouse could be snap-fastened to create shorts around the thighs. However, these snaps are not practical, so the paras used them seldom, leaving the blouse free. On the side, press buttons to bend the gown, and two loops at the back allow to pass the handle of the shovel and a rocket launcher. This is a reproduction from a famous German site, passed in the washmachine and worn many times to naturally damage it. Wearing the Feldbluse is not mandatory if the jump smock is worn. Be careful to hide your Feldbluse collar tabs if you wear it underneath. Hat for rest, whether at the back or on the front: the blue gray wool side cap has the Luftwaffe specific eagle, and a cockade sewn on the front. This cut appeared in 1940, also used for the SS side caps. These insignias are embroidered on a background of gray-blue woolen cloth. The specific model for officers will vary slightly, so this cap is specifically designed for EM and NCO. On the middle of the war, the cap M43 has appeared, the cap doesn’t meet the needs to protect the ears in case of extreme cold. Thus, a cap M43 was designed from a cap, on which a flap was added, buttoned at the front by two granular buttons, A visor was added. This model is also specific for the troop and NCOs, and features a Luft eagle and a red white black cockade, these insignias being made on a gray-blue wool cloth background. The Fallschirmhelm is the helmet created especially for German paratroopers. It’s an adapted version of the M35 helmet of the Wehrmacht, thus giving the M38 helmet. Indeed, the flaps of the M35 were cut, so as not to be caught in the lines of the parachute during the jump. The M38 para helmet is distinguished by the modified shape: it’s a simple shell with a more sophisticated leather interior. The chinstrap also allows better support during the jump. The helmet badges were not put, typical for helmets made after 1942. Note that the bottom of the liner has been intentionally opened so that the helmet is further pressed on the head and thus avoid as much as possible to have a strange shape. It seems that this modification was made on certain helmets during the second war. The basic color of the helmet is blue-gray, but with the diversity of theaters of operation, camouflage has been added and adapted. Some helmets were even concreted with sand or sawdust to avoid glare. Here, a camouflage in green and yellow was applied, corresponding to the 6th FJR. At present, the original M38 helmets are rare and expensive. Beware of very well patinated copies… EQUIPMENT The German paratrooper was equipped fairly lightly, but to say the least effective. Each soldier will be able to have his specialization and thus particular material according to his rank, his specialty and his weapon. We are here on the MP40 version, our soldier being a NCO, so potentially a squad leader. Many items such as the shovel, the mess kit, the Zeltbahn have been left out, the goal of our soldier being to perform a short and violent flash action. All equipment is attached to a black leather belt, specially designed for EM and NCO. A Luftwaffe belt buckle will adjust and close the belt. On the left side, a P38 holster in soft black leather will be worn. It allows to hold the Walther P38 and an additional magazine of 8 cartridges of 9mm. The Walther P38 was designed, as its name suggests, in 1938, and has begun to massively replace the Luger P08 from 1942. This is an airsoft gun from WE I reworked, on which original post-war grips have been adapted. The bread bag was the same as that used in the Heer. It has two rings and two passers to be able to fix the canteen. It consists of a 0.75 liter can, surrounded by a felt cover, here brown. A Bakelite cup is placed on the top, held by a leather strap, itself connected to the cap, which allows to fix the canteen on the bread bag with a hook. Be careful, the blue cover never existed. Our NCO being equipped with an MP40, it’s necessary to be able to transport the magazines and ammunition. Thus MP40 pouches in canvas and leather are worn on the front. The light black leather Y-straps is hung on the front of the loops on the MP40 pouches, and directly on the back on the belt, a leather reinforcement securing the hook. The most common model of binoculars encountered during the second war was the Dienstglas 6×30. The 6 referred to magnification, when the 30 indicated the diameter of the lens in millimeters. They were made of different materials such as aluminum, zinc and bakelite. The metal binoculars were first supplied with a leather accessory, and the late war models were anodized, painted or tanned. We can also find models painted in beige or “yellow sand”. A grenade model 24 is here slipped into the belt. It was nicknamed “Mash” for its shape, and consists of a hollow wooden handle, on which is fixed an explosive charge. At the other end will be a small porcelain ball at the end of a string. A tweak on the string will light a wick that lasts 5 seconds before the charge in the head explodes. Assemblies of several heads could constitute a formidable anti-tank weapon. The handle could be used to launch the grenade farther than a conventional grenade, by slingshot effect. It could reach a distance of 27 to 37 meters, against about 14 meters for a classic hand grenade. The Maschinenpistole Vierzig is the successor of the MP38, designed by Heinrich Vollmer. Attention, only the MP38 can be nicknamed Schmeisser. The MP40 had a cadence of 500 to 600 rounds per minute, which made it a handy weapon, and had a weight of 4KG empty, for 4,70kg once the 32 cartridges of 9x19mm inserted staggered in the magazine. Between 746,000 and 1,100,000 MP40 were manufactured between 1940 and 1945, and the use of Bakelite, like the MP38, was revolutionary for the time, and launched a new mode of weapons made in other materials than metal and wood. The cocking lever, located on the left side, had a rail to put the weapon in safety. A strap is set on the side adapted to your strong hand with a ring at the front that can be disassembled and placed on one side or another. This is a replica from Denix, you will find the link of the review in the description of this video. Obviously, the parachute army being an elite unit, many personalizations and fantasies could be found, especially since the Fallschirmjäger had access to the equipment of the regular army. However, the specific equipment for the German paratroopers was becoming harder to acquire as the war years grew, especially as they were only used as ground troops after Crete. The armament corresponded to the rank of the soldier, to the available stock and finally to the personal choice. The grenade was carried here, in front of the belt, for the purpose of serving quickly, because it will interfere with the movements of our soldier, who won’t be able to lie down quickly when needed. The handgun was worn for officers and NCO in addition to their personal armament. For the EM, only the servants of collective arms were disposed to have a handgun in a regulation way. The P38 replaced the P08, but both could be found throughout the war, in addition to other weapons like the Browning GP35. The German paratrooper’s outfit is quite simple: The Feldbluse set and the M38 pants, suitably slipped into the jump boots. The M40 side cap or M43 cap is added to the choice, and the whole is completed with the leather belt for the EM and the NCO, with the Mauser bayonet on the left side, stored in its leather scabbard. SUMMARY The German Paratrooper jump boots are here the second model, the most common at the end of the war, the first model with lateral lacing being more expensive to produce. The leather sole is normally studded with very small fine nails, but this is a cheap reproduction of jump boots. They can be laced over the M38 jumpers, which should be “bloused” over the top of the shoe. Belgian jump boots would also do the trick. The gray M38 jump pants were specially designed for the Fallschirmjäger. It’s made of wool, like all the German trousers of the time, which implies that you must wear long underpants below, otherwise your legs will be irritated. It has pockets closed by snaps to secure the contents. It’s advisable to wear straps, and/or a belt to have a good support of the pants. Kneepads may be worn under the pants, slipped through the opening on the sides of the knees, or over the pants, if they have to be quickly removed. The trousers are attached to the calf by laces, so as to keep the pants in the jump boots, and to avoid as much as it takes in branches. As with the entire German army, a shirt was included in each fighter’s package. There are several shirt models used by paras. The most prevalent on the European theater of operation was the gray shirt, the blue shirt being more planned for early war and for out/rest outfit. The identification tag of the soldier will be worn around the neck with a lace, to identify the soldier if he died. Originally, the shirt has two buttons on the shoulders for shoulder straps, but I chose to remove them because they are not comfortable when wearing the webbing. The Fliegerbluse M40 is here a model of the 2nd type. It’s made of gray-blue wool and closes with 5 buttons. But only four were used, the collar of the jacket being open. It has collar tabs with the rank of Unterfeldwebel, or Staff-sergeant in the US army. The collar tabs have a yellow background, for flight crew, with two gulls corresponding to the rank. This rank being of the NCO class, there is a tress around the collar. As for decorations, we have a medal ribbon with a 2nd class iron cross, the Luftwaffe seniority medal (4 years of service), as well as the commemorative medals of Anschluss and Czechoslovakia. We have a paratrooper certificate, for the 6 required jumps + the completed parachutist training and a black wounded badge, for 1 or 2 wounds. On the chest, a chest eagle on a gray-blue background is sewn. An AFRIKA armband is sewn on the left sleeve, 15cm from the bottom of the sleeve, attesting that our NCO participated in the African campaign. We guess two metal hooks, worn on each side of the jacket, to maintain the belt at the waist, regardless of the weight transported. The Fliegerbluse was worn by all Luftwaffe personnel. To decorate and personalize an outfit, nothing like a small item belonging to your wife or your girlfriend. Here, a navy blue scarf will be tied around the neck of the soldier. This element is of course, not regulatory, but was found a lot. Avoid the eternal blue scarf with white dots, not seen on the photos of time. The little plus is the touch of feminine flagrance, but complicated to return you on video! The jump smock presented here is type 3, with a camouflage type “Splinter”. It can be worn from Italy, so 1943 until the end of the war. A chest eagle on a gray-blue background is placed on the right chest. Several models could be found, but the most common was the wool one. There are many pockets with zippers to store all the small equipment. A slot for a flare pistol is even provided on the right side of the smock, while a passerby can accommodate the shovel handle on the left side. An elastic part reinforces the inside of the sleeves to keep the smock against the body during the jump. Snaps are placed between the legs to close the suit, but they were not practical to use. This is a reproduction purchased in a famous German Militaria store, twice passed to the washing machine at 60°. The M38 helmet was a helmet derived from the classic M35 model of the infantry, but improved for German paratroopers. At the beginning of the war, it included insignia that were quickly removed in 1940 and then in 1942. It’s camouflaged here with beige and green paint, and cemented during the painting to avoid glare. The back of the helmet was deliberately opened to allow a better pressing of the helmet on the head, this reproduction having a a little too high bomb. We will notice the basic color, gray-blue, inside the shell. The shine on the helmet is only related to the environment at the time of shooting: I put my helmet in the mud to decorate the camouflage, from where the few herbs that can drag. The cap M43 is a cap created, as the name suggests, in 1943. This model was intended for the troop and NCOs. Its front flap, closed by two buttons, could be folded over the ears to protect them from wind and cold. it has a Luftwaffe eagle and a cockade sewn on the front of the cap. The specific Luftwaffe M40 side cap has a Luftwaffe Eagle and a cockade both placed on the front flap of the side cap. It’s specific to EM and NCOs. It’s from this first model that the Waffenfarbe was suppressed in the rest of the German army. The parachutist’s webbing was worn over the camouflaged smock, although it was designed to be worn over the equipment to secure it during the jump. It’s minimalist to be mobile and efficient, for a boost before retreating. A black leather belt allows you to carry MP40 magazine pouches in canvas. On the left side, the holster contains a Walther P38 and an additional 8 cartridges magazine. A black light leather Y-straps will support the set and will be placed to the hooks of MP40’s pouches. This one is however optional, the belt not being so loaded. A bread bag, which contains the necessary to feed for a few days, will come to support the canteen, consisting of a can in a cover with a bakelite cup. A Luftwaffe belt buckle, specific to the EM and NCO, comes close the leather belt. A NCO may have binoculars to check the enemy’s positions and the position of his men. Some were painted yellow for camouflage, but others could be black. This is after the war French binoculars, bought in antiques, repainted in a traditional way. A leather strap is used to hang the binoculars around the neck, and they could be transported in a brown leather box, deliberately left out by our paratrooper. Characteristic grenade of the German army, the grenade M24, which takes its name from its year of manufacture, was known to be very effective. The bead at the end was connected to a string, which made the link, in the handle, with a wick of 5 seconds, which will explode the charge contained in the head of the grenade. The MP40 was the most widely manufactured automatic weapon by the Germans with around one million copies produced. A straight magazine of 32 cartridges is placed under the body, and the weapon could fire at a rate of between 500 and 600 rounds per minute. The steel stock could be unfolded, allowing support and better stability. This system was also used on other weapons, such as the Soviet PPS43. A lug at the front allowed to put the barrel on a hard obstacle to minimize the recoil of the weapon, and the strap could be put on either side for left-handed shooters, although all weapon controls are intended for right-handed. It was replaced to the maximum by the STG44 on the end of the war, but it arrived too late to change the outcome. Here is what concludes this uniform presentation video, I hope you enjoyed this video. If so, leave a thumbs up, a comment, subscribe to my channel and share this video! Thanks again to SWIT Airsoft and Denix for their support, see the corresponding links in the description of this video. Feel free to take a tour on my page Tipeee to help me, whether on the form or on the bottom of my videos. For my part, I’ll see you soon for a new airsoft gun, Denix video review; and uniform of VIP presentation! Bye ! Directed by Neo035 Thanks to SWIT Airsoft and Denix for their support Thanks to Cillian, Historika Dafkilla and Xavier for their help with this video. Thanks to Matisse for framing Where is Neo hidden? I’m not hiding, me, I’m not going to get dirty… I like my cosplay…

35 Replies to “Fallschirmjäger FJR6 Carentan – Présentation d’uniforme”

  1. Avec toutes les vidéos que tu as fais sur les paras (en comptant les reupload) on veut te voir sauter d'un avion! xD

  2. Tien? Néo qui doit faire un reupload ? C'est pas souvent.
    Petite question ouverte à tous concernant les fallschirmjäger: cette branche de l'armée allemande a t'elle commis des crimes de guerre lors de ses opérations ? Vrai question par pure curiosité. (Bien sûr je ne parle pas des falchshirmjager SS qui ont dut commettre leur lot de saloperies ) donc si quelqu'un a la réponse je suis preneur 🙂

  3. 2:44 I guess you translated jäger to hunter? A military jäger is properly translated to ranger, or just transcribed to jaeger.
    Cool vid as always.

  4. Salut Neo ! Je sais que tu es un aficionado de la 2nd GM et 1ere GM en terme de tenue, et je kiff carrément tes vidéos ! Mais as tu du matos d'autres époques que tu nous feras partager également ? (Algérie, Indochine, vietnam, guerre du golf… je ne sais pas.) Beau boulot en tout cas !

  5. Toujours un plaisir les présentations d'uniformes et on aime bien t'écouter 🙂
    Sinon l'idée de te faire larguer n'est pas si mauvaise pour le bien du "devoir de mémoire"

  6. Bonjour, je trouve vos vidéos super intéressantes. possibilités de connaitre les sites où l'on peut trouvé ces équipements.

  7. J adore merci sa m aide beaucoup j aimerai que tu fasse un uniforme allemand drillich M43 ou alors dans les personnalité Michael Wittman

  8. bonne vidéo, je trouve ça dommage de caché l'histoire dans les jeux ou film. c'est ce bander les yeux pour une chose bien reele

  9. Bravo Neo encore une fois une vidéo de qualité. Petite question, aurais-tu pensé à un uniforme italien, ou autre pays européens voir asiatiques ? Sinon continu j'adore

  10. Bonjour,après avoir regardé votre video je voulais savoir si les fallschirmjager étaient munis de masque a gaz .
    Super vidéo comme d’hab et merci d’avance.

  11. Je vais peut-être dire une bêtise mais quand les FJ étaient déployés en Italie, ils pouvaient porter un Knokensac en San Marco non ?

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