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Author Topic: SS in Warsaw - MG08 heavy machinegun  (Read 10507 times)
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« on: 15 February 2009, 03:37:20 »
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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.
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« Reply #1 on: 31 May 2009, 20:16:31 »
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It looks almost staged.  Their boots and uniforms look so clean.  It almost looks like they're posing in front of a backdrop.
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« Reply #2 on: 31 May 2009, 21:36:44 »
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and all 3 of them have side-arms... whistle
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« Reply #3 on: 31 May 2009, 21:49:04 »
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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.

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« Reply #4 on: 31 May 2009, 21:51:29 »
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so we're talking 1939?
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« Reply #5 on: 31 May 2009, 22:00:20 »
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Yes Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: 1 June 2009, 00:57:16 »
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What does SSTV stand for?
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« Reply #7 on: 1 June 2009, 09:38:02 »
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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.
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« Reply #8 on: 1 June 2009, 11:49:12 »
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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.

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*what type of machinegun is this?
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« Reply #9 on: 1 June 2009, 17:44:47 »
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and are those two barrels behind and the boxes(?) in front of the gun base part of the equipment?
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« Reply #10 on: 2 June 2009, 17:42:30 »
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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. .  .)
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« Reply #11 on: 2 June 2009, 18:10:55 »
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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?
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« Reply #12 on: 2 June 2009, 19:49:40 »
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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  Brede lach
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« Reply #13 on: 2 June 2009, 21:26:09 »
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Wel the guns are 30+ years old Smiley
I guess the barrels contain oil for the guns to prevent them from falling apart Smiley Brede lach
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