War & Conflicts Discussions => Miscellaneous => Topic started by: Alan65 on 15 February 2009, 03:37:20



Title: SS in Warsaw - MG08 heavy machinegun
Post by: Alan65 on 15 February 2009, 03:37:20
(http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x241/Alanp_photo/WWII/GermanySSinWarsawcombatmachinegun.jpg)
this photo postcard has "SS in Warsaw" written on the back (of course there's no way to know precisely if this is true.)
Nice image showing three soldiers with a machine gun mounted on a tri-pod; it appears they are on a roof.  Not sure what the canisters are behind them.


Title: Re: SS in Warsaw
Post by: Tanker on 31 May 2009, 20:16:31
It looks almost staged.  Their boots and uniforms look so clean.  It almost looks like they're posing in front of a backdrop.


Title: SS in Warsaw
Post by: Koen on 31 May 2009, 21:36:44
and all 3 of them have side-arms... :whistle:


Title: Re: SS in Warsaw
Post by: stoffel on 31 May 2009, 21:49:04
Can be true,

The First SS regiments in SSTV had almost all men supplied with pistols.
The uniforms seem like early stage and the usage of the old mg is correct as well.



Title: Re: SS in Warsaw
Post by: Koen on 31 May 2009, 21:51:29
so we're talking 1939?


Title: Re: SS in Warsaw
Post by: stoffel on 31 May 2009, 22:00:20
Yes :)


Title: Re: SS in Warsaw
Post by: Tanker on 1 June 2009, 00:57:16
What does SSTV stand for?


Title: Re: SS in Warsaw
Post by: stoffel on 1 June 2009, 09:38:02
SSTV= SS Totenkopfverbande.
This is German and means something like SS Deadsheadorganisation.
This was the pre-war SS unit lead by Theodor Eicke, they were mainly responsible for the concentrationcamps, guarding and organisation.
After 1939 they completely transformed into the 3rd Totenkopf division.


Title: Re: SS in Warsaw
Post by: Koen on 1 June 2009, 11:49:12
SSTV= SS Totenkopfverbande.
This is German and means something like SS Deadsheadorganisation.
This was the pre-war SS unit lead by Theodor Eicke, they were mainly responsible for the concentrationcamps, guarding and organisation.
After 1939 they completely transformed into the 3rd Totenkopf division.

added to the glossary

*what type of machinegun is this?


Title: Re: SS in Warsaw
Post by: Alan65 on 1 June 2009, 17:44:47
and are those two barrels behind and the boxes(?) in front of the gun base part of the equipment?


Title: Re: SS in Warsaw - MG08 heavy machinegun
Post by: Alan65 on 2 June 2009, 17:42:30
the barrels could just be something up on the roof--it looks like they're on a roof and roofs are notorious for all sorts of crap sitting up there or vents or something un-related(although I'm only familiar with contemporary US roofs. .  .)


Title: Re: SS in Warsaw - MG08 heavy machinegun
Post by: Earl Grey on 2 June 2009, 18:10:55
the barrels could just be something up on the roof--it looks like they're on a roof and roofs are notorious for all sorts of crap sitting up there or vents or something un-related(although I'm only familiar with contemporary US roofs. .  .)


That is another possibility, yes. Doesn't matter too much, anyway, now does it?


Title: Re: SS in Warsaw - MG08 heavy machinegun
Post by: Koen on 2 June 2009, 19:49:40
the barrels could just be something up on the roof--it looks like they're on a roof and roofs are notorious for all sorts of crap sitting up there or vents or something un-related(although I'm only familiar with contemporary US roofs. .  .)


That is another possibility, yes. Doesn't matter too much, anyway, now does it?


ha  hihi when you visit WaT long enough you'll notice some of us always have an extra question  :D


Title: Re: SS in Warsaw - MG08 heavy machinegun
Post by: stoffel on 2 June 2009, 21:26:09
Wel the guns are 30+ years old :)
I guess the barrels contain oil for the guns to prevent them from falling apart :) :D